A student at the University of Bristol recently completed the National Three Peaks Challenge with eight others to raise funds for our vital work.

Close friends of Max Roebuck-Sacks completed the ascent and descent of all three mountains in 23hrs 45mins, fifteen minutes ahead of their 24-hour target.

The challenge, which involves reaching the summit of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in a single day, takes hikers across three countries and is considered the most difficult walking challenge in the UK.

This unstoppable team has raised over £7,000 in memory of Max, who passed away from Ewing sarcoma on 2nd July 2021.

Jack Perks, organiser of Mountains for Max, shared a few words about his motivation for pulling this together:

Max was a charitable person and was hugely grateful to all those who cared for him when he was ill. He also took any chance he could to spend time in the great outdoors. Because of this, I thought that completing the Three Peaks Challenge, and fundraising for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, would be a perfect way to remember him. We have been blown away by everyone's generosity, we never expected to smash our initial fundraising target so quickly! We are incredibly appreciative of all those who have donated, it's an honour to tackle this challenge for such a great cause in memory of such a great friend.

After Max's initial diagnosis in early 2018, and several rounds of treatment, Max received his devastating terminal diagnosis at the start of 2020.

Reflecting on their beloved friend, the group shared that it was Max's charisma, cheekiness, and good nature that led to him forming strong bonds with those he met in all walks of life – from childhood and university friends to work colleagues, his wife Jess, and the hospital and hospice staff who cared for him.

Heartwarmingly, the group see it as a testament to Max's relationships and judge of character that the separate groups formed bonds of their own, adding that they are "incredibly grateful to Max for bringing [them] all together."

It was with this legacy, Max's wife Jess, and those who benefit from the Bone Cancer Research Trust in mind, that the nine boys embraced the challenge with determination and a smile.

There's still time to donate to this incredible fundraiser, by clicking the link below:

Mountains for Max