Trio of charity challenges for Belper youngster Ben

Ben Stone-Payne is raising money for Ulcerative Colitis by taking on a number of sport and endurance challenges.
Ben Stone-Payne is raising money for Ulcerative Colitis by taking on a number of sport and endurance challenges.

A brave youngster from Belper is taking on not one, not two, but three charity challenges - after smashing his original fundraising target.

Ben Stone-Payne, 11, suffers from Ulcerative Colitis and is hoping to raise awareness as well as funds for fellow sufferers.

After lengthy consultations and hospital stays, Ben’s diagnosis arrived in April 2014.

There is no known cure for Ulcerative Colitis and it is a life-changing condition for Ben.

However, he has decided to raise funds for charity after committing to a trio of endurance challenges.

Ben describes his diagnosis on his justgiving website, which has been a busy place in terms of donations.

He said: “It is believed that I have had this condition from when I was three-years-old, when I had my first symptoms, then again when I was seven but was only diagnosed last year when I was ten.

“I am currently in remission and therefore, I would like to help raise funds and awareness of Ulcerative Colitis as it is getting more common in young children.”

So far he has raised nearly £6,000 - a whopping four times more than his original target of £1,500.

Ben has agreed to take part in the Big Swim in Nottingham on July 25 when he will swim one mile in open water.

He will then follow that up by taking on the unenviable task of walking to the top of Ben Nevis in August.

He will be taking part alongside his mum Elaine, dad Martin and sister Ami.

Then, on September 27 he will complete the third and final leg of his charity challenge when he takes on the Great Run at Sheffield, pounding the pavements over 2.5k.

To contribute donations to Ben’s cause, you can visit his website at www.justgiving.com/Ben-Stone-Payne or follow him on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/benstonepayne.