A dad has climbed the height of Mount Everest in 24 hours using a box in his house in a bid to raise money for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ash Cox, 33, from Irby in Wirral, completed the climb in 24 hours starting on Saturday morning and finishing at around 8am on Sunday.
Ash, a PhD student at Edge Hill University, who is also a co-founder of the mental health charity Running Head First, broadcast the challenge live over Facebook as the climbed through the night to complete the 17,417 steps- equivalent to 8, 848 metres.
The dad of three says all the money he raises will go directly to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, with part of the money being used to support medical staff after the pandemic.
He told told the ECHO: "The challenge started as a bit of a joke suggestion by one of my colleagues but then I decided that this would be my way of trying to raise money.
"Everyone involved with the charity is taking on a different challenge to raise money.
"I was given a gym box from one of the charity directors who has a gym. The box is 20 inches high.
"I started at 8.30am on Saturday morning and I continued for 24 hours taking little breaks along the way.
"I even managed to get a couple of hours of sleep before carrying on through the night.
"It was absolutely brutal and I won't be doing it again any time soon. I can hardly walk at the moment because I'm physically exhausted."
Ash faced an early set back during the climb when he twisted his ankle after one of his son's accidentally knocked him off the box.
However, despite the injury, he pushed on through the night with the support of his friends over Facebook.
He has so far managed to raise £1,500 for Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust from donations.
Ash added: "I was grateful to have lots of support from people watching me over Facebook cheering me on through the pain.
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"Someone sent pizza to my house, people put money through my front door, I even had someone in Wales offer to send me food to my house.
"Physically it was really tough but the support I had kept me going mentally. I was taking song requests on Facebook while I was doing it which was a laugh and really helped me get through it. "
If you wish to donate to Ash's fundraiser you can find out more about it here.