In the world of Harry Potter James and Oliver Phelps may be able to fly and play quidditch on their broomsticks, but in real life the twins— who play Fred and George Weasley in the films— are scaling mountains with their bare hands as part of the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their favorite charities.
The 25-year-old’s climbed the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales in just 23 hours to help raise money for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, two worthy causes that fans have helped them raise money for through Twitter.
James was inspired to help Great Ormond Street after a visit to the hospital affected him in a way he didn’t expect, “Not only did I see how hard working all of the staff there are, but how amazing the children in there are also. Even for some, fighting life threatening illnesses, their attitude and determination was something that I will always remember,” he states. “Before I had even left the building I had decided that I wanted to do something to raise a little bit (of the £50m+ a year) to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research.”
While Oliver was hopeful the challenge would bring him close to his goal of raising £2k for the RNLI, an amount that would help to train and outfit two lifeguards to patrol the Fistral beaches in Cornwall where he often surfs. In total, RNLI lifeguards have aided 18,779 people and saved 107 lives— that’s a lot of skill for folks lacking in wizardry.
Oliver said of the challenge, “The pride and relief was amazing in completing the three peaks and it was a very rewarding experience . My stamina is higher than I thought it could be. The great support that I received from everybody kept me going, so huge thanks go to all.”
It’s great to see the twins testing their endurance and using their human powers for these great causes!