Jack Morgan and supporters on their way up Pen-y-ghent. Photo: CRO

Jack Morgan and supporters on their way up Pen-y-ghent. Photo: CRO

A man who was paralysed from the chest down in a fall five years ago has made it to the top of one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.

Jack Morgan used a self-propelled mountain trike to make the ascent from Horton in Ribblesdale to the summit of Pen-y-ghent.

He was joined in Saturday’s event by friends, family and members of the Cave Rescue Organisation, for which he was raising funds.

They made the 11km (7-mile) trip with the 36-year-old lecturer in cool but good conditions to the summit of the 694m (2,277ft) fell.

Mr Morgan said: “While it was physically tough going up, the downhill was more worrying.

“The chance of losing control was higher, and made it a bit more fraught.”

His effort has so far raised more than £1,200 for the Clapham-based team, whose volunteers go to the aid of those in trouble both underground and on the fells of the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

A CRO spokesperson said: “Everyone who supported Jack today was impressed by his determination, strength and character in completing a tough route on far from ideal tracks for his mode of transport.”

Former amateur rugby player Mr Morgan suffered head and back injuries when he fell from cliffs near Lochinver in Sutherland 5½ years ago.

He has already raised more than double his original £500 target and hopes to triple the amount of cash for the rescue team. Donations can be made via his justgiving page.

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