Mums take on 24-hour three peaks challenge to raise money for three disabled children

Three Peaks fundraising charity walkers for three children with disabilities front L-R Matt Smith, twins Reuben and Zach Smith, Tim Langley. Back L-R Donna Armstrong, Heidi Guerrier, George Armstrong, Alexia Daniels, Kyla Smith. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (160121-2)
Three Peaks fundraising charity walkers for three children with disabilities front L-R Matt Smith, twins Reuben and Zach Smith, Tim Langley. Back L-R Donna Armstrong, Heidi Guerrier, George Armstrong, Alexia Daniels, Kyla Smith. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (160121-2)
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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FIFTEEN mums are going to take on the highest mountains in Britain in 24 hours to raise money for three children.

The fundraising challenge has been organised by caring mum-of-three Kyla Smith, from Whiteley.

Her son Roman, six, is on the autistic spectrum and goes to Whiteley Primary School with six-year-old twins Reuben and Zachary Smith, who have cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The family are also friends with Maddison Cox, six, from Fareham, who suffers from a number of problems which are not able to be diagnosed – a condition called Swan meaning a ‘syndrome without a name’.

Kyla said: ‘It was my 30th birthday last year and I thought to myself that I hadn’t really done anything.

‘Roman goes to school with Reuben and Zachary and we are old friends of Maddison.

‘They are both such incredible families. I wanted to give something back to them.

‘With all the stresses and strains of their daily routines, every time you speak to them they are full of smiles and take everything on the chin.

‘And they are genuinely concerned about you and your day-to-day life.’

Kyla, who is married to Matt, 29, a financial adviser, from Whiteley, has set up a Facebook group called ‘Our 3 peaks adventure Happy Feet trekkers’ so the mums can share fitness tips and give each other motivation.

And Kyla has been getting some help from local business Diamond Quay hair salon, which will be holding a sponsored leg wax for Matt and a head shave with one of the mums.

Whiteley’s On Form Personal Training is letting her join in with bootcamp classes and giving her advice, while her children – Roman, six, Kalli, nine, and Sienna, three – have been getting active to support the cause.

The group is planning on holding a charity event later in the year and a fun run to raise cash and awareness at Cams Alders Recreation Ground on Good Friday, March 25.

Kyla said: ‘They are both such inspirational families yet they go through so much so we want to raise as much as we can so they can have as much time as possible with their children.’

The mums will start their challenge – climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District, and Snowdon in Wales – on June 1.

To make a donation to the cause, go online at gofundme.com/r9kxa8mc