Nine-year old Leon follows in brother’s footsteps by fundraising for Winston’s Wish

A nine-year old boy from Leeds is taking on the three peaks challenge in a single week to fundraise for Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children.

Leon Jones, from Chapel Allerton in Leeds, is fundraising for Winston’s Wish – the charity for bereaved children. He has personal experience of childhood bereavement after losing his father in a road accident when he was just three years old.

To fundraise for Winston’s Wish, Leon will be taking on the 3 peaks challenge by climbing the three highest mountains in the UK. He will be undertaking the challenge of climbing the three peaks in just one week, during the summer holidays.

It’s not the first time a member of Leon’s family has fundraised for Winston’s Wish, with his older brother Alfie running a marathon in a week for the children’s charity last year. Despite setting an original target of £300, Alfie managed to raise £3,065 – 1021% of his target!

Leon originally set a target of £1,050 for his fundraising efforts but he has already risen over 100% of his goal! Those wanting to sponsor Leon and support Winston’s Wish should visit:

Sallie Smith, Leon’s Mum, commented:

“It’s fantastic to see Leon so committed to raising money for Winston’s Wish. When the boys’ dad died, the charity did a lot to help us as a family and both brothers wanted give something back. When Alfie ran his marathon last year, we all knew Leon would want to take on a similar challenge. He has loved seeing the donation total creeping up and he is more dedicated than ever to raising as much as he can.”

Liz Tomala, community fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, said:

“We really can’t thank Leon and his family enough for their fundraising efforts. His brother Alfie was a real hero last year and it’s touching to see Leon follow suit! We rely on voluntary donations to continue our support for children who have been bereaved, so support from people like Leon and Alfie is so important.”

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches more than 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.