Sheffield officer leads trek to scale UK’s top mountains

Royal Navy Lieutenant Ed Moss-Ward, from Thorpe Hesley, pictured in Afghanistan. He is helping organise for members of the Navy's rugby team to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of military charities.
Royal Navy Lieutenant Ed Moss-Ward, from Thorpe Hesley, pictured in Afghanistan. He is helping organise for members of the Navy's rugby team to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of military charities.
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Navy officer Ed Moss-Ward is leading a charity trek up Britain’s highest mountains in aid of injured servicemen - and is hoping to recruit rugby stars to join the expedition.

Ed, a 29-year-old Lieutenant from Thorpe Hesley, who is training young officers at Dartmouth Naval College, has recruited colleagues from the Royal Navy Rugby team and other troops.

They are hoping high profile rugby players from England, Scotland and Wales will accompany them.

Ed, who has been in the Navy since 2002 and been posted to the Falkland Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan, and fellow members of the team are planning the event for July 14. They will start with a trek up Ben Nevis, then scale Scafell Pike in the Lake District, and Snowdon, in north Wales, within 24-hours.

Ed, whose wife Katie was a schoolfield of Barnsley Marine David Marsh, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, said: “The venture is inspired by former Royal Marine Aaron Moon, a member of the Royal Navy rugby squad who was injured in a mine strike.

“Aaron had a leg amputated and inspired by his bravery, a colleague and I are leading a group of Royal Navy rugby players and officials on the challenge in aid of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Rugby for Heroes and the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity.”

Ed, who plays rugby as a centre for Rotherham Clifton when back home, added: “Rugby for Heroes, the English Rugby Football Union and the Scottish Rugby Union are all working with us in an attempt to have high profile rugby players from each of the three nations join us.”

■ Visit www.justgiving.co.uk/RNRU-3-Peaks-Challenge to sponsor the trek.