Pippa steps up for NHS charity

Pippa MacDonald ascends the dizzying heights of her own staircase.

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A Roy Bridge student has scaled her staircase more than 1,700 times to help supply free, nutritious meals to hospital staff around the country.

Pippa Macdonald, who is studying interior design at Northumbria University, kicked off her #StepUp4OurNHS challenge by climbing the height of the three largest mountains in England, Scotland and Ireland to raise money for Food 4 Heroes.

A former pupil at Ardvreck and Sedbergh boarding schools, Pippa scaled the equivalent of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike at her lodgings in Northumbria.

She completed the challenge in seven and half hours, taking 30,848 steps in  1,789 journeys up and down the stairs, nominating other people to take part along the way.

‘I heard about Food 4 Heroes and wanted to get involved with donating so I tried to come up with a challenge that I could get lots of people involved in,’ she told the Lochaber Times.

‘I wanted to spread the word about this amazing three-week-old charity which provides NHS staff with food during and after their shifts.’

This isn’t the first time the 21-year-old has stepped up for charity. At the age of 14 Pippa climbed Winder Fell in Cumbria eight times – the equivalent height of Mount Kenya – to raise money for restart Africa. She also completed the London Marathon when she was 18.

‘I was into running and sport at school,’ she explained.

‘With that in mind I thought I could do a similar thing and climb the equivalent of Ben Nevis, as it’s on my doorstep at home, on my staircase as we are only allowed one hour of exercise outdoors a day.

‘Having ‘climbed’ Ben Nevis earlier than expected, I decided to do all three peaks. I like a challenge and the beauty of this one is you can do as much or as little as you like.’

Pippa’s motivation, of course, was the knowledge she was providing meals for NHS staff who are working tirelessly every day.

‘They couldn’t deserve it more,’ she added. ‘The idea of #StepUp4OurNHS is to donate £4, then nominate another four people to take part after completing the challenge.

‘I cant wait to see where it will go. I’m hoping lots of people will get

‘Food 4 Heros and I have already had amazing support with this challenge and I thank everyone who has donated and taken part.

‘If you are reading this, why don’t you give it a go? Climb your favorite hill/mountain/point of interest, nominate four others and donate £4 to #StepUp4OurNHS donation page on the Food 4 Heroes website.

‘It’s such an important charity at this time.’

Pippa documented her journey on her Instagram stories as well as the Food 4 Heroes Instagram page.