A GROUP of four friends have helped raise thousands of pounds for a charity close to their hearts by climbing five mountains.
Tom Peacock, Craig White, Shaun Rafferty and Justin Aishymore were among a group of 97 people who took part in the Five Peaks Challenge in aid of Help for Heroes.
The quartet, who all live in the borough, had to climb the five highest mountains in the UK and Ireland – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland and Carrantuhill in the Republic of Ireland – within 55 hours.
And they managed to complete the challenge within 53 hours, raising £6,000 between them in the process, while all 97 on the challenge raised more than £70,000.
Tom said: “We got pushed to the limits. We spent nearly a year training for it, despite us all working offshore.
“There was one soldier in the group who lost a leg in Afghanistan and he climbed two of the mountains with us as part of his rehabilitation.
“Help for Heroes were over the moon that so many people took part and finished the challenge, helping raise £70,000 although there is still money coming in so could reach £100,000.
“We’re now looking at doing another challenge for the charity, maybe climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year. We want to continue on raising money.”
Tom added: “We want to say a big thank you all those who sponsored us and made donations for Help for Heroes.”