A fundraiser from Coppull is feeling on top of the world after completing a five day climbing and cycling challenge to raise money for young carers.

Darren Tootle encountered frozen waterfalls and sub-zero temperatures as he tackled the arduous ascent of Britain’s highest mountain.

The keen cyclist then powered his pedals for 450 miles between the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to complete the week-long challenge and raise over £1,100 for The Co-operative’s charity of the year, Carers Trust.

Darren, who works for The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “This is one of the toughest challenges I have ever taken on. I still have a few ache and pains but, reaching the top of Ben Nevis was awesome.

“Keeping me going was the thought that the money raised will help to make a huge difference to young people in the region who care for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support, these people really are unsung heroes who need our support.”

The Co-operative’s charity of the year campaign has hit the £1million milestone after being launched less than three months ago by Sugababes singer Jade Ewan, a young adult carer herself.

The money raised by The Co-operative will help Carers Trust provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice, support and services for thousands of unpaid young adult carers facing the challenges of caring.