Brave Louis raises charity cash on gruelling trek

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: 10-year-old, Louie Smith, who has Chron's disease, has raised more than �1k by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for charities that help him and others with the same illnesses. He did it with his dad Martin over one weekend in August.'Photo date: 22/09/15'Picture Ref: AB225a0915
Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: 10-year-old, Louie Smith, who has Chron's disease, has raised more than �1k by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for charities that help him and others with the same illnesses. He did it with his dad Martin over one weekend in August.'Photo date: 22/09/15'Picture Ref: AB225a0915

Selfless youngster Louie Smith - who has Chron’s disease - has raised more than £1,000 for charity after completing a trek of two of the three Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Louie, ten, was diagnosed with the condition, which causes an inflammation of the digestive system, and bowel and liver disease last year.

But despite being in agonising pain with the illnesses he raised £1,170 for Chrons and Colitis UK and the Liver Foundation UK by completing the trek with his dad Martin during a weekend last month.

Mr Smith, 43, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and I am so proud of Louie for completing it.

“As we got towards the end of the trek I stopped and got hold of him and gave him a big hug and told him how proud I was.”

The Three Lane Ends Primary School pupil still plays rugby for Smawthorne Panthers despite being under two specialists at hospital.

He is also a Castleford Tigers fan.

Mr Smith said: “Louie found it really tough but he never moaned the whole weekend.

“He just said it was a fantastic experience and he even said he wants to go back and do the third Yorkshire Peak.”

Louie originally hoped to raise £250 for the two charities.

But both Chrons and Colitis UK and the Liver Foundation UK will now receive £575 thanks to Louie.

Mr Smith said: “I just think it’s a really inspirational thing for him to do.

“Louie is quite selfless and puts others well-being before his own.

“That’s what makes us extra proud of him.

“Louie would like to thank everyone who gave generously and hopes the donations makes a difference.”