Conor Jackson and his friends, Jacob Bellamy and Frazer McKie, have gone the distance for King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust by fundraising and completing the U.K's National Three Peaks challenge.

The friends from Leeds university united to climb all three of the U.K's tallest peaks, Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Scafell Pike in under 24 hours, ascending a total of 10,052 feet.


Back in August 2020, at a night out in London, Conor fell 10 feet and lacerated his femoral artery on a rusted gate post.  He was rushed to the Princess Royal University Hospital and later transferred for specialist treatment at King's College Hospital.  


Over seven days, Conor endured four surgeries aiming to seal the artery in his leg, and remove an aneurysm that was putting his leg at risk of amputation. 

Conor underwent multiple blood transfusions to save his life

Now fully recovered, Conor wanted to give something back and show his appreciation for the care he received at King's.


“Without King's College Hospital's expertise and experience, it is likely I could have lost my leg or worse," says Conor.


"We are exceptionally grateful to all staff"

The challenge's strict deadline required the friends to ascend Scafell in the dark

The boys set off on their first climb up Ben Nevis at 5pm on a Friday evening and completed their final decent of Snowdon on Saturday afternoon.  It took them a grueling 22 hours 50 mins.


They set themselves a target to raise £1,000 for King's College Hospital Charity, but quickly surpassed this, raising an incredible £1,650.00.


The funds raised will go towards supporting the life-changing care given to patients at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Conor's parents, Angela and Jason, could not be prouder of their son's amazing efforts. 


"The challenge was tough," Angela says.


"But it shows how far my son Conor has come in 10 months to complete it, and the amazing support he has behind him from his friends Jacob and Frazer"

The Great Hospital Hike takes participants through parks and woodlands