A group of hikers from the Bolton area are ambitiously aiming to complete the Three Peaks Challenge for charity in 24 hours.

The group will start at Ben Nevis at 12pm on Saturday April 30, then head down to Scafell Pike in the Lake District and finally to Snowdon in North Wales, hopefully finishing by 12pm Sunday.

There will be 16 people taking part in the challenge, as well as a driver who will take them from mountain to mountain.

Organiser and participant Kelby Makin, 34, spoke to The Bolton News about the challenge.

He said: “We’ll be taking the minibus up to our accommodation in Scotland at 10am on Friday (April 29) and will get a good meal in and a few drinks.

The Bolton News: Kelby and his family did the Three Peaks challenge previously in memory of his late uncle, Andrew Wallace.Kelby and his family did the Three Peaks challenge previously in memory of his late uncle, Andrew Wallace.

“Then at 12pm on Saturday we’ll tackle Ben Nevis.”

He added: “We’re aiming to tackle all three in 24 hours, we’ve been training hard for it.

“Some of the lads signed up four to five months ago and have trained hard, you can tell they’re really trying for it.

“I’ve done this challenge before with different groups and we want to do it in 24 hours, but everyone knows it’s okay if we don’t manage it.”

Kelby is the President of the Bolton Wanderers Remembrance Group, which is dedicated to deceased Wanderers fans and helping local Bolton charities.

The Bolton News: One of the participants, James Newton, on a training walk.One of the participants, James Newton, on a training walk.

He has also raised a significant amount of money with previous hikes for Bolton Hospice over the years.

The proceeds from this charity hike will be split halfway between Bolton Hospice and BWRG.

He said: “I’ve raised about 20 to 30 thousand pounds for Bolton Hospice over the last ten years."

However, this hike was almost prevented from happening. Kelby had put a Facebook post up a few days before asking for a driver to take the hikers.

He said: “We did find a driver in the end, a friend of one of the walkers. We confirmed it today (April 28).”

This means they only found a driver 24 hours before they were due to set off for Scotland.

The group have the driver now, however, and need donations to reach their goal of £1000 for their chosen charities.

Their Justgiving link is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rememberance3peaks if you'd like to donate.