Three peaks climbers raise more than £12,000
A group completed the Three Peaks Challenge in less than 24 hours, raising more than £12,000 for two charities.
The climbers scaled Ben Nevis, Scotland, Scafell Pike, England, and Snowdon, Wales.
They were Frances Wilson, 18, her mother and father, Felicity and Richard Wilson, both of Farndon, Amanda Jalland, of Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Liz Jamieson, of West Bridgford, and Emma Parks, of Mansfield.
They took on the challenge in tribute to their friend, Mrs Hilary Brock’s father, who died after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
As they were preparing for the challenge, Hilary, who was one of the original group, was diagnosed with two types of cancer, and began radiotherapy so was unable to take part.
The group decided to split the amount they would raise between two charities, Parkinson’s UK and Cancer Research UK.
They came up with the fundraising title From Molehills To Mountains.
Mrs Felicity Wilson said: "From the outset we decided a midsummer weekend would be a good date to max on the daylight.
"None of us had ever climbed a mountain before and Frances and I didn’t even own boots."
To prepare the group trained at the gym, undertook personal training sessions, ran three times a week, eventually increasing to up to 10km, and did the Kinder Scout Walk in the Peak District.
In April, they did a practice climb of Scafell Pike as a team-building exercise.
During the Three Peaks Challenge, the group faced travel sickness, knee strains and unexpected road closures.
"One of us also had a flare up of a health condition that was affected by altitude and had to be helped down Ben Nevis by the rest of the team," said Mrs Wilson.
Despite the difficulties faced they completed the driving and ascents in 23 hours and ten minutes.
The five ladies climbed and Mr Wilson drove the support camper van.
The initial target was £5,000, but currently their Virgin Money Giving page stands at more than £12,000.
Frances Wilson said: "It was so much harder than I expected but six months of training definitely paid off."
To support the group’s fundraising go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Frances Wilson.