A BARNSLEY schoolgirl has raised thousands of pounds by climbing Ben Nevis recently.

Scarlett Maskill, ten, was crowned Little Miss South Yorkshire earlier this year and, as part of her programme of events, she scaled the mountain to raise £2,000 for charity Together For Short Lives, an organisation which supports youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.

Scarlett will take part in the Little Miss Great Britain final in October which will be her first pageant.

Scarlett’s mum, 37-year-old Chantelle, said: “We travelled up on the Friday and she was really tired but when she woke up on the Saturday she was raring to go. She did struggle a bit on the incline but once she saw the snow she managed to push on.

“We set up a Just Giving page but we’ve also been selling things like football cards to raise money. Anyone who’s close to Scarlett is just so proud of her.”

The Monk Bretton schoolgirl’s fundraising exploits aren’t stopping there, and she’s hoping to raise even more money for a charity a little closer to home before October’s grand final.

“She’s looking to go on the UK’s longest zipline in Wales later this year to raise some more money,” Chantelle added. “We’re currently looking to raise the money for a charity which is more local.

“The final is in October in Blackpool and she’s meeting some of the other girls from the final for a sleepover in June to get to know them better.”