BROTHER and sister Jack and Bella Sherran smashed their fundraising target by climbing their stairs almost 2,000 times over a month.

Jack, nine, and Bella, seven, from Knutsford, completed the distance involved in reaching the summit of Mount Everest by repeatedly climbing the stairs at their home every day.

Over 28 days they climbed their stairs 70 times a day, in an attempt to raise £200 for the PTA at their school, Mobberley Primary.

However their challenge caught the imagination of family and friends, who donated £710 via a gofundme page, and Big Hill Distillery from Mobberley boosted the total with a £100 donation.

“I am quite overwhelmed by the total that Jack and Bella raised, and they are gobsmacked,” said mum Sadie.

“The sponsorships kept coming in, which kept them motivated, and we also tried to keep it fun as they were doing the challenge by saying they had climbed the height of Big Ben, then the Millennium Stadium and Ben Nevis.

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“When we got to the equivalent height of Mount Kilimanjaro towards the end they thought that was amazing.

“I would like to thank everyone who dug deep to donate, particularly in these times.”

Jack and Bella were inspired to take on the stairs challenge by explorer George Mallory, who was born in Mobberley and took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s.

They are both in Mallory house at their school, which was named after George Mallory.