Plucky eight-year-old climbs three mountains for African charity

 An eight-year-old girl climbed the three highest mountains in Britain recently, to raise funds for a charity in Kenya. Phoebe Chubb, from Southsea in Hampshire, with her brother Oli, aged 10, were part of the 'magnificent seven' young explorers who took on the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, (4,406 feet); Scafell Pike in England, (3,208 feet); and Snowdon in Wales, (3,559 feet). Altogether they climbed 11,176 feet. Five adults, including her Dad Jonathan (who recently completed the London marathon), accompanied the children. Phoebe plans to give all the money she raises to New Ways - a charity which supports health, education, water and agricultural projects in the Turkana desert region of northern Kenya - run by the St Paul's Missionary Community. "Some people are collecting money for the Cathedral, but I've decided to give to the African charity because I think they need it more," she said. Phoebe says she liked Ben Nevis the best of the three mountains because, she said: "it was the sunniest and I didn't struggle." Besides mountain climbing, Phoebe is keen on rock climbing and horseriding. She once had two pet spiders: Charlotte and Charlene and is learning the piano. Her next project? To climb the three mountains in one day. To sponsor Phoebe's climb, visit: To find out more about New Ways see: or log on to Vatican Radio's English Feature Section, at:, on Friday, 9 June, at 8.50pm English time, to hear an interview with the director, Angela Docherty. The programme will archived for two weeks after the broadcast.

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