A group of hikers have raised almost £5,000 after they completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Kiera Auty, a partnership manager at the Children’s Society branch in Carshalton, joined 21 other novice hikers to raise money for the charity on Saturday, May 6.

The 32-year-old said: “I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something a bit different. After weeks of training, it felt amazing to finally complete the challenge.

“It was a great way to get to know colleagues and make new friends from across the country, and all for such a worthy cause. Pulling together the team and organising the group fundraising was a lot of fun.”

Team member Louise Pain Davey, 49, said: “The Yorkshire Three Peaks was a serious physical challenge, but a huge achievement.

“I thought that rather than spend money on loads of parties, I’d spend it on getting fit and take on challenges to raise money for the wonderful charity I work for. It’s looking to be one of my best years yet.”

The Children’s Society campaigns against child poverty and aims to improve outcomes for young people living in England and Wales.

To visit the team’s online sponsorship page, click here.