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

A colleague from Leeds 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.

“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,” said Mark.

“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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Mark O-Brien

Mark O-Brien

Mark at West Highland Way

Mark at West Highland Way

Mark and Colleagues at the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Mark and Colleagues at the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Please see attached, pictured, photos of Mark O’Brien taking part in the three events.   

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team is one of the busiest Mountain Rescue Teams in Scotland, providing search and rescue services across an area of over 1000 square miles. The charity, now over fifty years old, provides an unparalleled service to visitors to the mountains, lochs and forests in Central Scotland. 

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 22 people every day around the coasts and waterways of Britain and Ireland. From 235 lifeboat stations, they are well trained and equipped to put to sea in the most fearsome conditions when the call comes. RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 140 beaches in England and Wales.

Diabetes UK is the charity for people with diabetes, their family, friends and carers. Their mission is to improve the lives of people with the condition and work towards a future without diabetes. 

Mind, the mental health charity, believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They listen, give support and advice whether people are stressed, depressed or in crisis.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £15.9bn (at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.