Mark’s 150 mile challenge raises £1,500 for charity

Mark O’Brien

A member of Keeds Building Society’s IT Operations department has raised £1,500 by taking part in three charity events.

Mark O’Brien climbed the Yorkshire Three Peaks, mountain biked the West Highland Way and ran the Birmingham Marathon.

The funds were split between four charities – the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Lomond Mountain Rescue, Diabetes UK and Mind.

Mark, the Society’s Service Asset and Configuration Manager, covered a total distance of 147.84 miles with an elevation gain of 18,504 feet and raised £1,500 – including £400 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

He said: “I chose the RNLI because I grew up on the south west coast near Lyme Regis. They are an emergency service run entirely by volunteers which is just incredible.

“In my teenage years I used to work in a hotel where one of my colleagues was also a lifeboat operator and I remember we would be cleaning a room and suddenly a flare would go up.

“They would drop everything and run to the lifeboats, no matter the weather conditions, into the sea to save lives. It astounded me then and continues to astound me now and I will always give them as much support as I can.

“I chose the Lomond Mountain Rescue as I was preparing for the West Highland Way and thought I might need saving! – In seriousness though, like the RNLI, they too volunteer to save lives in hazardous conditions in the mountains in Scotland.

“Mind and Diabetes UK were the charities chosen by the organisers of the Three Peaks challenge at Leeds Building Society, charities which are both very close to the hearts of many colleagues.”

Any further donations can be made via Mark O’Brien’s fundraising address at


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