OM Ed Jackson (2002-07; Walton) has raised over £50,000 for Wings for Life, Forever Friends Appeal and Neverest Orthopaedics by climbing the height of Everest on his parents’ staircase in just four days.
The inspirational, quadriplegic former rugby player broke his spinal cord after a swimming pool accident over three years ago and was told he would never be able to walk again.
Ed’s Now or nEeverest challenge equated to 5,566 flights of stairs, which is 89,056 steps. Ed began the challenge at 8am on Tuesday 21 April and completed it by 4:30pm on Friday 24 April. To reach his goal, Ed – who could only use his right leg to push himself up due to his injuries – climbed for 12 hours each day to meet his target.
Ed wrote on his Instagram page “Watching 99-year-old captain Tom Moore dominating lengths of his garden using his walker has inspired me to pull my finger out and join in the fundraising efforts. I managed to ditch the walker two years ago and despite my disability have developed a weird obsession with climbing. Obviously, I can’t get to the mountains but I've decided to bring one here, a big one....”
Ed documented the whole challenge on Instagram, via posts, stories and Instagram Live to keep people up to date with his journey.
John Mallett, Ed’s former coach and Millfield’s Director of Rugby, says “Ed Jackson has completed his Everest staircase challenge today, raising over £50K for charity. It seems an incredibly short timeframe since his spinal injury and seeing Ed in a hospital bed unable to move his limbs. He is an inspiration to current and former rugby players at Millfield, and students across the world.”