The mother of a scout who was killed during an expedition has raised enough money to pay for a day’s care at the children’s hospice he supported.
Stephen Young made headlines in 2007 when he decided to spend a year in a tent in the garden of his home in Borough Green, raising £4,000 for Demelza children’s hospice.
Since Stephen’s death in February 2010 while on a scouting expedition he has inspired his friends to do something for others by stepping outside their comfort zone; an abseil, sponsored silence, a walk and even a skydive.
His mother, Judy, also wanted to do something in his memory to raise funds for his chosen charity so she decided to take on the epic challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro along with a group of scouts.
Judy said: “I have dreamt of this opportunity for years so to be part of a team of Scouts is for me, 'icing on the cake'. Stephen was proud to be a scout and so am I. Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said, "Every scout deserves an adventure", this is mine.
“Kilima is Swahili for 'little mountain' and njaro means 'white' so if Stephen can sleep in a tent for a year I'm sure I can walk up a 'small white mountain'.”
In August 2012 Judy completed the trek and raised a mammoth £15,000 for Demelza. This will pay for a day’s care at Demelza’s hospice in Sittingbourne and a day’s care at the facility in Eltham as part of the charity’s Pay for a Day campaign.
The family have chosen Stephen’s birthday – April 25th as the day they will fund and they will mark the day with a trip to the Kent hospice for a tour to see the difference their fundraising has made.
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