A SUPERHERO scaled new heights in honour of the terminally ill children his charity Matt’s Mission has helped over the years.
Matt Denning, who is usually seen dressed as Captain America outside of Game in Solihull, took on the three peaks challenge over the weekend to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which runs throughout September.
Matt climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales in 24 hours despite spraining his ankle on a moving bolder on the first peak.
He took on all three peaks in the dark in honour of all the children he has supported over the years making their wishes come true with trips to Disney Land and Lapland.
Matt said: “We were full of aches and pains and so tired but that doesn’t even compare to what the children go through.
“A massive thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the supportive comments and donations.”
Matt raised £1,3500 so far from the challenge and £350 has already been handed to Zoë’s Place baby hospice in Coventry and the rest will be used to pay for gifts for children in hospital, including some from Solihull.
Matt started up the charity in 2011 after his grandad was diagnosed with cancer he raised funds for the hospital and met a sick child and he continues to support sick children almost nine years later.
Since June 2015 Matt has collect more than £35,000.
Trips to Lapland and Disney Land have been completed during the past three years as well as lots of toys and equipment for visits to sick children in hospital and hospices and special needs schools over the years.
Funds have also helped to pay the majority of the charities holiday home, complete with adaptations in Skegness for sick children and their families to spend some time together.
Mat added: “There have been many tough times I have gone through with attending many funerals of children that have passed away but the second I see one of the children it puts everything into perspective.
The families go through so much and as a charity we will always be there for them and do whatever possible to make this hell of a journey that little bit less stressful.
“We may not be the biggest supported charity and we may not have the big company donations from big organisations that will hopefully soon come but it is you supporters that make the difference to the charity and the families and we do have the best supporters in the world.”
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