A YOUNGSTER climbed the UK's tallest mountain to raise money for Love in a Box Clackmannanshire.

Jack Innes reached the summit of Ben Nevis on Friday, September 15, in under six hours, including breaks.

The 11-year-old, who is originally from Tillicoultry but now lives in Stirling, was joined by his mum Heather Innes on the climb.

And, in the days since then, he has managed to raise almost £1000 for the Wee County cause through his Just Giving crowdfunder.

So far, at the time of writing, Jack has managed to raise a whopping £850 for the charity, smashing his initial target of £500.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Heather said: “Jack heard about Love in a Box Clackmannanshire and wanted to do something to raise money for the cause.

“He loved the idea of helping children who are less fortunate than himself, as every child should have a special Christmas.

“He met people along the way who congratulated him for achieving the climb so young and got a big round of applause as he reached the summit.

“Some kind fellow climbees also began coming forward to give him money towards the fundraising and added to the end total.”

Love in a Box Clackmannanshire is a volunteer-led group that aims to provide presents to children less fortunate at Christmas.

The volunteers work alongside local schools and childcare services to identify those in need and maintain a level of discretion in their work.

Donations are collected from the community and organise wrapping sessions to get the gifts packaged and distributed to the children.

Margaret Ure, from Love in a Box Clackmannanshire, added: “Jack and his mum Heather are going to be working alongside the Love in a Box team helping them pick and buy the gifts this year and help with bag packing.

“The Love in a Box team are so grateful for Jack and Heather’s support and are overwhelmed at how much he has managed to raise which will go a long way in helping to provide amazing gift bags.”

Jack’s fundraiser is still open and anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jackinnesloveinaboxclackmannanshire.