Youngsters on a high as they raise thousands for Joining Jack

Jack Johnson with Madeline Yates and Kate Thornthwaite

Jack Johnson with Madeline Yates and Kate Thornthwaite

More than 200 youngsters scaled one of Britain’s tallest mountains to boost two worthy causes. Among the children taking part in the hike up Snowdon in Wales was Jack Johnson, the focal point of the Joining Jack charity set up by his ex-Wigan Warrior dad Andy because he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The eight-year-old, whose condition will leave him increasingly disabled, was given a helping hand up the mountain by a number of rugby legends from boths codes including Mick Cassidy, Mark Cueto, Steve Hampson and Paul Sculthorpe. Each youngster was encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship and the proceeds will be divided equally between Joining Jack and the Rose Blossom Trust which funds research into a rare condition called Dravet Syndrome.