Ben Wilson Gedling
PICTURED: Ben Wilson from Gedling is using his stairs at home to virtually climb the world's highest mountains

A Gedling man whose promising RAF career was cut short by a spinal injury is tackling the world’s highest mountain peaks – from the comfort of his own home.

Ben Wilson, 44, is aiming to hit the heights virtually to raise money for good causes, including SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

In April last year, Ben started to raise money for the charity SSAFA by climbing the height of the twelve highest peaks in the UK, and the world’s tallest 100 buildings, via his stairs at home whilst isolating.

After completing his initial challenge, Ben decided to take on an even greater adventure – climbing the world’s tallest 100 mountains. He started on August 1, 2020 and aims to complete his challenge in October 2021. 

Ben has completed 39 mountains so far by climbing his staircase at home.

He has already raised over £2,000 for his charities including, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, The Royal British Legion, Forces in the Community, The British Lung Foundation and The RAF Benevolent Fund.

Ben said: “This is a real challenge for me, with a lung condition and a spinal injury that ended my career in the RAF. As a RAF veteran, inspired by Captain Tom Moore and the recent 100th anniversary of the RAF, I had a desire to give back to the amazing charities that support veterans, serving members and people with lung conditions.”

Ben served in the RAF for nearly three years before a spinal injury obtained during training cut his career short. He received help and support from SSAFA Nottingham following his time in the RAF and diagnoses of PTSD and COPD as a veteran.

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