Hero of the Moment 21st May 2020

May 21, 2020

While the thought of climbing Mount Everest makes many of us hide behind our fins in horror, our next Hero of the Moment has shown everyone it can be done in the comfort of our own home. Yes, you heard us right!

Our latest hero is Ed Jackson, a paralysed ex-rugby player who has climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest on his parents’ staircase, raising over £50,000 for both the NHS and spinal cord research charity Wings For Life.

The story begins four weeks into lockdown, when Ed was craving another activity besides mowing the lawn (which had become a frequent pastime – Ed, we can definitely relate!) Whilst flicking through news feeds, Ed saw that Captain Tom had captured the hearts of the nation with his incredible garden walk fundraising efforts. Ed was inspired and began thinking about all the charities struggling during this time and what he could do to help.

After confiding in his friend Ross, who had climbed the height of Mount Elbrus (5,642m) on his own staircase, Ed originally pledged to climb the height of Mount Snowdon (1,065m) to encourage charity donations – having previously climbed the real thing in 2018. However, Ed’s thought process shifted and he decided to push himself even further, opting instead for a four-day expedition to climb the height of Everest (8,848m).

Of course, if you’re going to climb Everest you need to embrace the full experience, so Ed decided to pitch up a tent in his parents’ kitchen as his ‘rest stop’. With fans cheering him on through his daily Instagram Live feeds, Ed achieved his four-day target after completing a whopping 89,056 steps – a total of 2,783 trips up and down the stairs.

Ed saw overwhelming support from both the public and famous faces, including Joe Wicks, F1 driver Alex Albon and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington. His incredible efforts paid off, with an impressive £52,523.13 (including gift aid) raised in donations for two important causes. Read more about Ed’s story here: https://edjackson8.com/2020/04/29/now-or-neverest-my-journey-to-the-top-of-the-stairs/