A YOUNG boy is attempting to climb England's tallest mountain in an effort to raise money for foodbanks.

Seven-year-old Regan Brown from Pevensey is aiming to climb Scafell Pike in the Lake District alongside adults from his boxing club.

He is looking to complete the feat to raise money for foodbanks who are struggling as the cost of living crisis looms.

Regan, who is in year three at Stone Cross Primary School, said: "I'm excited! I think I will be able to do it because I have done lots of training and I am very fit.

"I did a lot of walking in lockdown with my dogs and I think that it's a good thing to do."

Regan and his family say that they took up walking in the South Downs as a way of exercising during the Covid-19 lockdowns. So far the furthest that he has walked is six miles.

The Argus: Regan, 7, with dad, Mark, at the boxing clubRegan, 7, with dad, Mark, at the boxing club (Image: Mark Brown)

Regan will be climbing the mountain alongside his mum and dad, Mark Brown and Ella Breeds, as well as his godmother, Sharon Geary. They will be joining other members of Hailsham Boxing Club midway through their own challenge where they are also attempting to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Regan is also encouraging people to donate food in shops instead of donating but says that the money raised will go directly to foodbanks. His family are asking people to send in photos of them donating food to help motivate him.

Mark Brown, Regan's dad, said: "Even if people can't donate they can just stick a can in at a supermarket then that will help to spur him along.

"I'm glad that he wanted to do it and that he understands why it's important to do.

"He's so desperate to go and he's going to give it his best shot."

He has raised £320 to help the community and is aiming to hit his target of £500 before his climb.

Anyone wishing to support Regan on his trek on Saturday, September 24, can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mark-brown-788.