A group of fundraisers were battered by the elements over the weekend all in the name of charity.

The team was raising money for St Mary's Hospice, based in Ulverston, through the annual 'Blencathra at Night' challenge across Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Whilst the weather was not on their side, that did not stop them from reaching the very top of the mountain to raise vital funds for the hospice.

Events and challenges manager Mel Dixon said: "The team taking on Blencathra absolutely smashed it, we couldn't be more proud.

"They battled wind and rain and made it to the top - it was a hard challenge, with awful weather but everyone kept going."

The group reached the top of Blencathra just after 4:00amThe group reached the top of Blencathra just after 4:00am (Image: St Mary's Hospice)

Led by professionals from Lakeland Mountain Guides, the group made it to the summit at around 4:10am on June 9.

"We have worked in collaboration with Lakeland Mountain Guides for several years now on our extremely popular night climbs," Mel added. 

"Having the opportunity to safely summit some of the Lake District’s tallest mountains, then be rewarded with a stunning sunrise and a celebratory glass of fizz is a just an added bonus to the breath-taking views."

The walkers were rewarding with a glass of something fizzy after their effortsThe walkers were rewarding with a glass of something fizzy after their efforts (Image: St Mary's Hospice)

Away from the actual climb itself, the hospice and the trekkers were supported by local businesses to make sure the climbers had all the supplies they needed.

"We were kindly donated some goodies for the walkers by Brocklebanks of Ulverston and the M&S Foodhall in Ulverston to keep the team going," said Mel.

"This small, kind gesture shows us how well we are supported within our community.

"We had some leftovers so decided to extend the kind gesture to Greengate Junior School for their breakfast club."

Businesses in Ulverston donated food to support the climb (Image: St Mary's Hospice)

One of the walkers, Cath Rogerson, applauded the businesses for getting involved even in a small way.

She said: "A huge thank you to them both for their kindness and generosity.

"Here’s hoping we raise lots for St Mary’s."