A group of Oxford Medical Students have climbed three mountains in support of two special Oxfordshire causes – our own Oxford Hospitals Charity and Restore, which supports those with mental health challenges.

The 23 students tackled the famous Three Peaks Challenge this April – in total walking over 26 miles and climbing around 3,000 meters in just over 24 hours.

The Tingewick Society, as they are known, are all Year Four medical students who train in the John Radcliffe and across Oxford University Hospitals.

Each year, in addition to their studies, they aim to raise around £30,000 for charity by taking on a series of challenges and events.

Medical Student, Athena Henderson, said: “We started in Scotland with Ben Nevis, a hefty ascent of 1345m; trudged through the snow and managed to make it to the top to be graced with the best April weather Scotland has ever seen.

“Next was Scafell Pike – which is 978m. This was a real challenge, as we had to start the ascent at 5am in the dark, scrabbling up scree and facing some proper mountaineering.

“Finally we faced the 1085 meters of Snowdon - by this stage we were exhausted, blistered and bruised.

“We enjoyed the initial leisurely walk up the miners track, however, the last 2km was a real test of our resolve. And when we made it to the top there were tears of relief shed.

“This was a truly gruelling challenge and a test of our positivity, fitness and team work. So we are delighted to have completed it and overjoyed to have raised over £5,000 for our amazing charities: Oxford Hospitals Charity and Restore.”

Sarah Vaccari from Oxford Hospitals Charity added: “ The boundless enthusiasm of the Tingewick Medical Students always blows us away. Each year the latest Year Four intake fundraise for our charity and one other amazing cause, and typically raise around £30,000 throughout the year.

“Athena’s account of the Three Peaks challenge shows just how much effort and energy goes into their fundraising, which helps our charity fund specialist medical equipment and create more welcoming and comfortable spaces for our patients. We are so proud of them!”

Thank you to all the Tingewick team!

If you are inspired to take on a challenge do look at our events page or call the charity team to discuss your ideas.

And to support their efforts, follow this link