Mum ‘planks’ on top of mountain after fundraising challenge for Friends of St Cross

Jo Tyler 'planking' at the summit of Ben Nevis
Jo Tyler 'planking' at the summit of Ben Nevis

A mother of twins has completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the town’s hospital.

Jo Tyler and four friends climbed Ben Nevis in four hours and ten minutes, Scafell in two hours and 55 minutes, and Snowdon in four hours and 15 minutes.

The 42-year-old had set out to raise £500 for the Friends of St Cross but she managed to raise an incredible £1,580.

Jo said: “It was really scary when we got to the top of Snowdon in the dark and driving rain.

“We were kept going by thinking of the charity and all the people who had sponsored us to take on the challenge.

“I would like to thank all the people who helped us along the way – notably Paul Murray who drove approximately 1,200 miles for the round trip, Townsend Vehicle Hire, the staff and clients at Salon 45, all our other sponsors, and my husband, Matt, who had taken on the challenge before and planned our training and routes up and down the mountains and kept the motivation going throughout.”

Willy Goldschmidt, vice-chair of the Friends, said: “Jo’s enthusiasm and support has been thoroughly infectious and it is down to this that she not only completed the challenge but also smashed her fundraising target.

“We are so grateful to Jo and her friends for their support and wish her well in whatever challenge she takes on next.”