They aim to raise £5,000 in aid of Orchard Nurses, who help care for Shanks’ son Zavier, who lives with severe congenital sensory and motor peripheral neuropathy.Shoosmith told Lux: ‘When Zavier was born, he was given six months to live, but actually celebrated his 11 month birthday last week – so he’s a little fighter. The Orchard Nurses, who we are doing the fundraising for, have been incredible with Zavier and Tom’s family, so it’s such a worthwhile cause.’
The team of 12 will climb Britain’s three highest peaks on consecutive days raising money for Orchard Nurses. The small team of nurses ensure Zavier, and children like him, are able to be looked after at home.
The mountains they will climb, in order of elevation, are Ben Nevis in Western Scotland, 1,344 metres (4,409 ft); Snowdon in North Wales, 1,085 metres (3,560 ft); and Scafell Pike in North-Western England, 978 metres (3,209 ft).
The challenge involves approximately 26 miles of ascent and descent, with total travel approaching 475 miles.
The guys will be setting off on Friday 9 September (this Friday).
Zavier’s friends and family have set up a JustGiving page, where you can donate online. Click here for more information.