A Harrogate businessman has made a pilgrimage to the peak of England’s highest mountain in arctic conditions in memory of a tragic Knaresborough schoolgirl.
Steve Partner climbed Scafell Pike to honour the memory of 10-year-old Kira Radcliffe, who lost her battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer in May 2012.
Steve joined best friend and Kira’s father Mark Radcliffe as well as her grandmother Irene Jessop on the climb on April 11.
They battled blizzards and temperatures as low as -13C to reach the summit, and to visit the mountain spot where Kira’s ashes were scattered.
Mark said: “It was very enjoyable, although it was a long climb and very cold.
“We managed to visit Kira’s last resting place which was a bit of an honour for me.”
Scafell Pike was a favourite spot for Kira, who has been a pupil at Knaresborough’s Aspin Park primary school, before she died of Glioblastoma Multiforme.
The trio left flowers and posed for photos with Kira’s favourite Sonic the Hedgehog hat at the summit.
And Steve has raised more than £400 in sponsorship for Clic Sargeant – a charity which helped Kira through her illness by organising holidays when she was not well enough to go abroad, with home tuition during her treatment, and supported her parents Mark Radcliffe and Bev Jessop. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/Steve-Partner.