A group of fundraisers from Uckfield have conquered Britain’s highest mountain and raised thousands of pounds for a range of charities in the process.
The ten fundraisers climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - in just 24 hours.
The challenge was organised by Angharad Smith as a way to mark her 40th birthday.
She quickly cajoled and arm-twisted nine of her friends to join her including Buxted GP Dr Cathy Brown, mum-of-four Celine Woods,Heathfield Community College teacher Cathy Hemming, manager of the Griffin Inn, Fletching, Samantha Barlow, Head chef Matt Sandells, pilot Chris Williams, Simon Green from Green’s Plumbing Services, osteopath Juby Bowman and physiotherapist Carine Roberts.
Most of the team had no previous mountain-climbing experience.
All of the training was done on the South Downs, with most weekends involving a 20 mile hike from Birling Gap to Alfriston and back.
Cathy Hemming said: “The hikes paid off, the team scaled the peaks with energy and determination and impressed their guides with their fitness.
“According to the guides, southerners aren’t always fully prepared for proper mountain walking.”
Carine Roberts said: “It was an amazing experience, both physically and mentally.
“The surrounding beautiful views, the camaraderie in the team and the charities we did this for inspired us all to complete this gruelling challenge.
“I would love to do it all again. A big thank you to Angharad for bringing us all together for this challenge.”
The team were raising money for the Alzheimer’s, Scope, Breast Cancer, Asthma UK, Make a Wish Foundation, Prostate Cancer, Mental Health Foundation, and The MS Society.
The justgiving pages for all the team are still live.
If you would like to donate visit the justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/ and search for the team members names.