A group from Worcestershire have raised more than £33,000 in memory of their close friends. 

The team took on the incredible Three Peaks challenge to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours last month.  

Despite facing Storm Kathleen and battling the wet weather, the group managed to raise £33,802 for MIND in memory of their brothers and friends Kurt Concannon and Joe Aspindale. 

Redditch Advertiser: The team raised the money in memory of their friends The team raised the money in memory of their friends (Image: Jack Moran)

The pair sadly took their own lives in the past two years with the team hoping to raise awareness for mental health.

The group of friends have also lost Luke Barron from Oakenshaw, Kyle Gregg from Redditch and Declan Jones from Bromsgrove to suicide. 

Builder Jack Moran, aged 34, from Redditch, said: "We recently lost two of our mates to suicide. Joe lost his personal battle with mental health at the end of last year so coming out of Christmas, the lads and I wanted to find something more positive to focus on. 

"It was then that we decided to do a fundraiser and originally set a £5,000 target. The fact we have raised £33,000 has just been incredible. We honestly can't believe it. It's so humbling. 

"MIND has a big focus on preventing suicide and we all hope this will help make a big difference. Even if it just helps one person, it leaves a lasting legacy for Kurt and Joe." 

The team, who originally hail from Redditch, Bromsgrove and Worcester, included Mr Moran, Liam Hamilton, Matty Duke, Stephen Aspindale, Jordan Harrison, Craig Magnet, Peter Treadgold, Paul Wilson, Ricki Hughes, Rob Walker, Bryn Williams, Jamie Concannon and Lee Concannon. 

Mr Moran managed to complete the climb with just 11 minutes to spare with the funds going towards helping other people dealing with mental health challenges. 

Redditch Advertiser: They had to climb through the night They had to climb through the night (Image: Jack Moran)

Mr Moran said: "The climb was so challenging. We drove up the night before as the 24 hours included travel time. We had to climb Scaffell Pike at night and with the weather, I think it was the worst weekend we could have picked. 

"Knowing we were doing it in memory of Joe and Kurt was really morale boosting. We have faced considerable loss within our friendship group so to help raise awareness means so much to us. 

"We are all so grateful to the community for their generosity and support including all the businesses and tradesmen from Redditch. They have been so generous with their donations and we really couldn't have done this without them."