A MONK Bretton schoolgirl who was recently crowned Little Miss South Yorkshire raised £2,000 for charity by climbing Ben Nevis last weekend.

Scarlett Maskill, ten, was handed the prestigious title earlier this year - but October’s Little Miss Great Britain final will be her first pageant.

As part of her programme of events, Scarlett scaled Ben Nevis in Scotland - the highest mountain in the UK - on Saturday, raising £2,000 for charity Together For Short Lives, an organisation which supports youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.

Scarlett’s mum, 37-year-old Chantelle, told the Chronicle: “We travelled up on Friday and she was really tired but when she woke up on the Saturday she was raring to go.

“She did struggle a bit on the incline but once she was the snow she managed to push on.

“We set up a Just Giving page but we’ve also been selling things like football cards to raise money.

“Anyone who’s close to Scarlett is just so proud of her.”

But her fundraising exploits aren’t stopping there, and she’s hoping to raise even more money for a charity a little closer to home before October’s grand final.

“She’s looking to go on the UK’s longest zipline in Wales later this year to raise some more money,” Chantelle added.

“We’re currently looking to raise the money for a charity which is more local.

“The final is in October in Blackpool and she’s meeting some of the other girls from the final for a sleepover in June to get to know them better.”