A HASLINGDEN High School student who was injured in the MEN bombing has climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for Rossendale Hospice.

14-year-old Ella McGovern, from Helmshore, undertook the challenge on November 14 with support from her family.

The group managed to scale Britain’s highest peak in less than four hours and raised more than £1,500 for the Hospice.

The family said they chose to raise funds for the hospice because of the support and counselling it provided for a number of Haslingden High School students in the wake of the MEN Arena bombing.

Ella was one of three students from the school taken to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the blast, during which she sustained eight cuts and shrapnel wounds to her legs.

Ella said: “We went up to Scotland the day before and stayed overnight.

“When we were climbing Ben Nevis it was really slippy because it was raining.

“It was hard going because it was rocky and quite scary because it was so slippy.

“When we got to the top it was really cold and my cousin had frost in his beard. It was a great relief to get to the top and although it was quite foggy you could make out some of the view.

“Our group then split up because we went down the mountain at different paces. On the way back we had to cross a waterfall and it was still very slippy.”