Team taking Three Peaks Challenge for pal Connor

Five of Connor's former rugby team mates will take on the National Three Peaks Challange.
Five of Connor's former rugby team mates will take on the National Three Peaks Challange.

Two Borders rugby players are attempting to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours this weekend to support a friend left paralysed by a sporting injury.

Jamie Livingston, 27, of Galashiels and Russell Mackay, 23, of Melrose, are part of a team of former Stirling University Rugby Club players taking on the challenge in aid of Connor’s Journey, a fundraising campaign set up to support pal Connor Hughes.

Connor, 23, of Kelso, suffered a spinal cord injury whilst playing a pre-season friendly for his uni team four years ago. He dislocated two vertebrae in his neck and was left paralysed from the shoulders down.

Since then, Connor has visited Project Walk in the US in 2014 and Thailand in 2015 to be fitted with electronic implants along his spine, which have helped in his journey towards recovery.

And in a bid to support Connor’s Journey and raise awareness of spinal core injuries in sport, Jamie and Russell will be attempting to climb Ben Nevis, near Fort William; Scafell Pike in the Lake District; and Snowdon in Gwynedd within 24 hours.

The pair will be joined by pals Jamie Laughlin, 25, of Belfast; Tom Ritchie, 26, of Glasgow and Tom Ross, 27, of Stirling, for the challenge this Saturday.

To donate, visit their Just Giving page here: ‘SURFC Old Boys Connors Journey’.

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.connorsjourney.com

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