Amputee Holywell, 5, will climb Ben Nevis alongside Paddy Doherty

A FIVE-year-old boy from Holywell is aiming to become the youngest amputee to climb Ben Nevis.

Albie-Junior will take on the challenge of walking on Britain’s highest peak alongside his father, Daniel Thomas, and their good friend, celebrity, Paddy Doherty.

Last year Albie became the youngest amputee to climb Snowdon, a feat that saw him shortlisted for the final 10 in the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2022 Young Hero category.


Albie’s father Dan Thomas, an alderman for Holywell, said: “When we finished Snowdon he said it was easy! That’s his mentality.”

Dan also revealed how the money raised from the climb will go towards his Community Benefit Corporation (CIC) for a youth center in Holywell, to help tackle anti-social behavior in the area – something that excites Dan.

“This kind of center will act as a way to reduce anti-social behavior. As this is a CIC, I will need a grant and funding.”

The trio will also raise money for cancer research in memory of Paddy’s late brother and Dan’s friend, Martin, who sadly passed away from the disease.

Dan added: “Martin was such a wonderful guy, so welcoming. I met Paddy through him. He introduced me to him and he’s really friendly.

“As soon as I told him about the walk, he was on board. He really wanted to do it and raise as much money as possible.”

In a video posted to his Facebook page, Paddy said: “Please donate what you can whether it’s 50p or 5p. It’s all relevant. Just donate from your heart, please. .


The walk will take place later this year with a date to be confirmed once Albie-Junior has his new running blade.

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