An Accrington schoolgirl has raised money for disadvantaged children after conquering Yorkshire’s highest three mountains.

Courtney Kennedy, 14, of Royds Avenue, took on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge. Her fundraising is for the DofE charity, which helps vulnerable young people.

The youngster climbed Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours with her parents Steve and Judi.

The trek covered 24.5 miles, with more than 1,600 metres of ascent.

Courtney left home at 4am to start the walk at Horeton in Ribblesdale at 5.30am and finished 11 hours, 12 minutes later.

She said: “I wanted to set myself a challenge over the school summer holidays.

“The walk was tough and I have a few aches and the odd blister, but it’s great to know that my efforts will be raising funds to help disadvantaged children and the early morning sunrise over Pen-y-Ghent did make it worthwhile.”

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