Twelve friends set their sights high when they embarked on an epic fund-raising challenge to tackle the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales.
The team – which took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for West Suffolk Hospital’s neonatal unit – aimed to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in a 24-hour period between June 14 and 15.
The idea was the brainchild of Paul Rayner, of Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, whose son, Thomas, was cared for by the team at the ‘fantastic’ neonatal unit after being born prematurely in 2010.
But it proved tougher than expected with the challenge taking until Monday to complete and only eight of the 12 able to climb all three mountains.
Mr Rayner, 38, said: “Four had to retire through knee injuries, which is quite brutal, but it was a fantastic weekend and, at the moment, funds raised are at about £6,000, and we know we’ve got more coming in.”
“Our aim really was to raise at least £5,000 but I secretly hoped we’d smash that, which we have,” added Mr Rayner, who, last year, raised £10,000 for a new bereavement suite at the hospital.
To donate to the group, go to www.justgiving.com/WSH3Peaks