After Marlene Godwin’s friend overcame cancer, she decided to do something special for a charity which supports people who go through the condition.
Marlene, of Camino Court, Fareham, rallied together her walking group Walking Mundays after one its members, Lisa Moss, 50, of Sholing, Southampton, was given the all-clear this summer.
They all decided to set themselves the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis, which at 1,334 metres is the highest mountain in Britain, for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The team of five ladies drove from Hampshire to the bottom of the mountain in Scotland.
They stayed in a hostel overnight before ascending the mountain at 5am on October 24.
The journey up to the top and back took was 11 miles and took all day to complete.
And now everyone is celebrating because more than £1,500 was raised for the worthy cause.
Marlene, 47, says: ‘It was incredibly emotional when we got to the top of the mountain.
‘There were a lot of tears and hugs.
‘We couldn’t stay at the top for long because the snow started coming in pretty thick.
‘It was such a cold day, the streams running down the mountain were frozen solid.
‘There were other groups doing the climb for charity on the day and many of them turned back because the weather was so bad.
‘We were the only female team and we soldiered on.
‘There was no way we were going to give up because a lot of people had given us sponsorship money.’
Marlene says that despite being tough going, the challenge was worth it.
‘When we got to the bottom everyone just felt really excited about doing it,’ she says.
‘I think it’s brought us closer together.’
Marlene formed Walking Mundays in August as a way of getting fit.
‘I think many of us were just couch potatoes before,’ she says.
‘But then we decided to do something special for Lisa and at the same time set ourselves a target. I had always promised Lisa that I would take her to Scotland when she was well enough.’
The team plan to do more for Macmillan.
They aim to take on the Annalong Valley Challenge Trek in April next year, which involves walking up and down five separate mountains in Northern Ireland.
Lisa says: ‘I feel quite amazed that I have done something like that. Having had this illness, it’s given me the motivation to help others.’