A TEENAGER has climbed the three peaks for charity in tribute to her younger sister, who ‘climbs mountains every day’ in her battle with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Lucie Forrest, 11, suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis – also known as chronic fatigue syndrome and ME – meaning she is only able to attend school for an hour every other day and now uses a wheelchair.

Instead of receiving Christmas presents last year, the year seven pupil at Great Sankey High School asked her friends and family to take on charity challenges on her behalf.

And her 13-year-old sister Katie has climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike alongside her dad as part of her pledge.

Mum Sue, from Whittle Hall, said: “They watch Lucie climb mountains every day in everything that she has to do, so it seemed appropriate to climb the three peaks for her.

“The day that they climbed Ben Nevis it was 27-degree heat, which is not what you expect in Scotland.

“It was pretty tough physically because it was a really hot day, but Katie said she just kept thinking about what Lucie goes through and how it must feel for her to try and walk.

“ME has had a massive impact on Lucie’s life, but we’re just trying to take each day as it comes and be positive about the fact that she can get actually get out a little bit in her wheelchair.”

Dozens of Lucie’s loved ones have pledged to take on challenges for chronic fatigue charities Invest in ME and Smile for ME during 2018.

Around halfway through the campaign, more than £1,500 has already been raised for the two causes.

Sue is walking to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where Lucie receives treatment, as part of her challenge.

She added: “Lucie loves seeing what people are doing and watching the amount that we’ve raised for the charities keep going up and up.

“There has been all sorts going on – there have been runs, a mindfulness class, a baby music class, a 10-pin bowling competition in France where my husband has friends.

“And there is still a lot to come yet, like a parachute jump, which is really exciting.

“The total raised is creeping up nicely coming up to halfway through the year, but there are still loads of challenges to come and hopefully it will still increase an awful lot more.”

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