Daisy surrounded by some of her supporters. Pictures: Ian Burt

An eight-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is set to climb Mount Snowdon one year after beating cancer.

Last May, Daisy Mason was recovering from a mammoth 10-hour operation to remove a 1.5kg tumour larger than the size of a pineapple.

But now the determined East Winch youngster is set to climb the highest mountain in Wales to raise funds for ill or disabled children.

Around 15 family members and friends of the Masons will work as a team to help Daisy reach the top of the mountain, which is 3,560 feet high, on Saturday, May 18.

Mum Lucy Mason said: “We were planning on doing the climb, but Daisy said she wanted to do something to help poorly kids.

“We will all be taking it in turns to lift her in her manual wheelchair along the Llanberis Path. She’s a little apprehensive as she will be lifted, but also excited. It will quite a challenge but it will be fun.” 

Daisy, who is quadriplegic, was also inspired by Ben Tansley who owns Heros gym in King’s Lynn.

Mr Tansley was left paralysed from the waist down following a motorbike crash in 2017.

He has since gone on to undertake various findraising challenges in his wheelchair, including the Berlin Marathon.

Mrs Mason said her daughter liked to have a little light-hearted competition with him.

“Ben climbed Mount Snowdon last year and so Daisy had to do it,” said Mrs Mason.

Any funds Daisy raises will go to West Norfolk charity Reach For a Star which supports children who face life-threatening or terminal medical conditions.

Mrs Mason explained: “Reach For a Star has supported Daisy since she was three and paid for her first wheelchair, trike, hoist and physio.”

Daisy was born 12 weeks early and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine months old.

But the brave youngster has not let her disability get in her way and, at six years old, she took part in her first triathlon.

Daisy with her dad Adam Mason.

With help from her dad Adam Mason, she swam 150m, pushed herself 1km on her trike and wheeled 3km in her wheelchair.

Her adventurous side was put on hold last year when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Surgeons removed a 1.5kg tumour from her adrenal gland in the abdominal cavity. 

Despite undergoing major surgery, Daisy was given the all-clear and back at Gaywood Primary School just a few weeks later.

And, less than four months after her operation, she donned a superhero costume and took part in another triathlon.

Mrs Mason said: “She’s doing really well at the moment and putting on weight. She’s going from strength to strength.”

To sponsor Daisy, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DaisyMason

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