NINE intrepid walkers from Ludgershall and Tidworth will be taking on the three highest mountains in Britain to raise money for a charity that is close to their hearts.

On Saturday, the team will be doing the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing Ben Nevis, pictured, Scafell Pike in The Lake District and Snowdon in one frantic day, to raise funds for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The group will walk 24 miles, climbing 10,000 feet and will drive 450 miles in between, in a minibus donated by Wellington Academy, Ludgershall.

The event has been organised by Kerri Spanswick and her brother, Alan Brown.

Their mother Sandra Brown died two years ago, aged 51.

She had battled against the disease for three years.

Ms Spanswick said: “People don’t often realise that pancreatic cancer is now the fifth deadliest cancer.

“And with a five-year relative survival rate of just four per cent, it has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.

“The survival rates for pancreatic cancer haven’t changed for 40 years. And we want to do whatever we can to help change that.”

She added: “We miss our mum every day.

“She should have had many more years with us.

“With more money raised for research, it may have been possible for her to still be here now for birthdays and Christmases.

“We don’t want people to go through the same things as us.

“We hope friends, family – and even strangers – sponsor us.”

They will be joined on their venture by friends and family including Sharon Hollis, Wendy Price, Sarah Windrass, Georgina Windrass, Marie Spanswick, Gemma Lawton, John Lawton and Fee Labrooy.

To sponsor the team go to: Spanswick3/ or text SPANS51 plus the sponsorship amount (such as SPANS51 £10 or SPANS51 £5) to 70070.