FIVE intrepid walkers will need to be in peak fitness to raise £3,000 for the Red Cross.
The friends plan to complete the 24 Peak Mountain Challenge to collect the sponsorship for the Red Cross disaster fund.
On August 16-17, Sarah Hale, 24, Graeme Turner, 27, Philip Clarke, 29, Matthew Curry, 25, and Paul Roberts, 26, will take to the mountains in the Lake District.
Sarah, a law student in Chester, said: “I have worked in the Red Cross store on Northgate Street since January, and fully support the work the charity does.”
The team has been in intensive training on Malvern hills and aim to climb Snowdon twice on Sunday before a charity fundraiser..
Sarah, who runs every day, said: “It’s a bit of a challenge. It will be 14 hours of walking on the Saturday, a stop over in a youth hostel before getting up at the crack of dawn to walk 10 hours on the Sunday.
“It’s more than 31-and-a-half miles and we are going up 24,000 feet.”
In addition to sponsorship and support from family, friends and local businesses, Sarah will hold a fundraiser at her former employers, Alexanders Jazz Bar from 8pm on Sunday, August 10.
Live music will come from new blues band A Shrewdness of Apes and two other groups.
A raffle will be held with prizes donated by businesses including a cheese hamper, cinema tickets, a Chester City football shirt and tickets, a meal, wine and flowers.
Graeme runs the Triactive store on Rufus Court, selling equipment for triathletes and is organising a treadmill to be put outside Alexanders on Sunday for a competition between the five.
A triathlete himself, Graeme secured nutritional supplies, waterproofs and walking socks for the arduous journey.
Meanwhile Philip, a supervisor at The Works, Northgate Street, says: “I’ve not done a lot of walking before but I work in a book shop so am constantly carrying books from the store room all day, and I used to teach dance and choreography.”
Entry on Sunday is free.
Visit www.justgiving.com/24_peaks_challenge to donate.