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Born premature, she is now the youngest person to climb Britain’s highest mountain

A five-year-old girl who was born premature is on top of the world now — literally. Seren Price has just become the youngest person to climb the highest mountain in Britain.

Price began climbing mountains with her father, Glyn Price, at three years old. For their latest adventure, climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales, they are fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where Seren was born prematurely. “They did remarkable wonders with her,” Glyn told the BBC. “They’re a brilliant hospital.”

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which climbers attempt to scale Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis — the highest mountains in Wales, England, and Scotland — and typically do so within 24 hours. Seren finished the challenge in less than 48 hours. Typically, the challenge is used to fundraise for the climbers’ favorite charities. Seren has since been shortlisted for a JustGiving Award.

During the challenge, Seren and her father, Glyn, helped save another climber’s life when she was suffering from exhaustion, which is what led to their finish being extended past 24 hours.

“For me being an ex fire-fighter I was in my element but for Seren after giving her the choice (bearing in mind she was cold and tired herself in what can only be described as awful conditions), she said ‘daddy we need to help,'” Glyn wrote on their JustGiving page. “My first concern was my daughter but we could not leave this lady on this mountain in these conditions. we called moutain [sic] rescue and helped to get the lady down to a safe landing location for the rescue team to meet her.”

He added, “Seren played a crucial part in this rescue by shining the torch (as it was night drew in with the slow process of supporting this lady down the mountain). If this was not enough Seren gave the lady her last lucozade to give the lady some energy.”

Glyn said she plans to wear a princess gown to the awards show, and hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. But for now, the pair is already looking forward to their next adventure: climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco.

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