A determined group of fundraisers has raised more than £1,000 for a cancer charity close to their hearts - and there’s still time to donate.

Chris Briant and Richard Ghost, joined by Steve Turner, got on their bikes on August 23 for a four peaks mountain bike trek, which took in Eggardon, Waddon, Pilsdon and Lewesdon, to raise money for The Living Tree cancer support charity.

They cycled 33.5 miles, joined by friends and family along the way, and completed the challenge in around five and a half hours.

It’s a charity close to their hearts as Richard lost his wife Carol earlier this year to cancer.

Chris said: “I’ll be 10 years in remission this Christmas, so I thought I needed to do something to mark the occasion.

“I went to school in Beaminster and the house names were the four hills, Eggardon, Waddon, Pilsdon and Lewesdon back at that time so I came up with the idea of maybe doing something with that. Then I spoke to Richard and said, why don’t we cycle all of them - and we did.

“Steve Turner, who came with us, planned the rout and he came along as he knows all the paths, so we were relying on him to get between all the hills.”

They started at 7.30am and completed the cycle and were in West Bay by 1.15pm.

Chris’ great-nephew, nine-year-old Thomas, joined them from Pilsdon on his mountain bike and completed the last 10 miles or so with them. His family also followed them around the route and were able to meet them at certain places at certain times with refreshments.

Chris added: “It was a long day, but it was a fantastic ride - just brilliant.

“It’s astonishing the amount of kindness people are showing and the money they have donated.

“I set the target for £500 thinking it was fairly optimistic and within seven days it was racing away.”

So far they have raised £1,036.83 for The Living Tree.

They would like to thank everyone for their support and all those who have donated so far.

The Just Giving page will be up until December 9. To donate, visit https://bit.ly/32BmA9I