Matthew Burns

OS Pippa climbs her stairs to raise money for NHS

Watch Pippa’s progress video from her memorable day

Old Sedberghian Pippa Macdonald (Robertson, 2012 – 2017) completed a remarkable feat last week to help raise money for the charity Food4Heroes.

Food 4 Heroes has been set up to help ensure that “all NHS frontline staff are able to access healthy, nutritious and delicious meals for as long as this crisis continues.” To date, the charity has already received over £200,000 in donations which has enabled them to be delivering over 27,000 meals a week.

Pippa created a brand new initiative to help raise money for the charity – StepUp4OurNHS. Her idea was to get people across the country involved and challenge them to climb the equivalent of their favourite UK landmark on their stairs. Once you have completed your climb, donate £4 to Food4Heroes and then share on social media and encourage your friends to take on the challenge. Just £4 is enough to provide two freshly prepared meals, cooked and delivered to NHS frontline staff.

Pippa 1 2
Pippa’s stunning view of Ben Nevis

With her family home set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Pippa decided to climb the equivalent height of the UK’s highest peak (4413ft) on her stairs – an eye watering 6114 household steps. This isn’t the first physical challenge Pippa has taken on to raise money for charity. During her time at Sedbergh, in Year 9, Pippa climbed Winder 8 times (the equivalent of Mt Kenya [17057ft]) to raise money for Restart Africa. Putting all of her Sedbergh running training to good use, Pippa completed the London Marathon in 2017, whilst in her final year.

Pippa, who is currently studying interior design at Northumbria University, began her epic day just shortly after 10am on Saturday 18 April and documented her progress through her Instagram account. Inspired by other recent remarkable feats of endurance, Pippa finished her Ben Nevis climb in the early afternoon – much quicker than she anticipated. In true Sedberghian fashion, Pippa pushed herself further and proceeded to climb the equivalent of the rest of the Three Peaks, Snowdon (3,560 ft) and Scafell Pike (3,209 ft).

Pippa 2
Pippa completes her original goal of ‘”climbing” Ben Nevis

When asked what kept her going throughout the day, Pippa said “Knowing that I was providing meals for the NHS team who are working endlessly and tirelessly every day. They could not deserve it more!
At the end of her epic day, which started at 10am and finished just after 5pm, Pippa had climbed 15424 steps, 1789 times up her staircase. Upon finishing her challenge, Pippa said “The main idea of this challenge was to StepUp4OurNHS, donate £4, and nominate 4 people after completing the challenge. I can’t wait to see where this challenge will go! I’m hoping lots of people will get involved.”

Pippa 3
15424 steps later!

To say thank you to everyone who has supported the cause for Food4Heroes, and to encourage others to get involved, Pippa has said:
Food4Heroes and I have already had amazing support with this step up challenge, so a massive thank you to everyone who has donated and taken part in this challenge! If you are reading this, why don’t you give it a go? Climb your favourite local hill/mountain/point of interest, nominate 4 others and donate £4 to StepUp4OurNHS donation page on the Food4Heroes website. It is such an important charity in this unprecedented time.

Follow Sedbergh: