Sky was the limit for Everest fundraiser

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A KIRK Hallam student has scaled more than 17,000ft in the Himalayas to raise cash for children in developing countries around the world.

Former St John Houghton Catholic School pupil Leon-Anthony Smith trekked to Mount Everest base camp last month, having raised a total of £2,500 for Childreach International.

The 21-year-old said: “It was the hardest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done, but it was so worth it and something I’m very proud to have taken part in and helped to raise money for.”

The Leeds Metropolitan University student works part-time in a bar in Derby-bar Jorrocks when he is home from his graphic design studies.

He thanked his colleagues and customers at Jorrocks for helping him to raise the cash, as well as his family and friends.

Childreach International provides food, shelter, education, healthcare and human rights to thousands of children in seven different countries in the developing world.