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WAGs peaks charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

IN TRAINING: From left, Janet Shaw, Julie Maybank, Sue Smith, Hazel Hall, Leigh Collins, Jacqui Ley, Jo Beauchamp, Karen Taylor and Sandra Watts.

IN TRAINING: From left, Janet Shaw, Julie Maybank, Sue Smith, Hazel Hall, Leigh Collins, Jacqui Ley, Jo Beauchamp, Karen Taylor and Sandra Watts.

EIGHT women are due to take part in the tough three peaks challenge to raise money for a charity set up in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen.

EIGHT women are due to take part in the tough three peaks challenge to raise money for a charity set up in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen.

Orpington's Westcombe Park Rugby Club "WAGS" will be setting off this weekend to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.

They hope to raise £7,500, part of which will go to the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, a charity which provides support to youth organisations.

It was set up after the death of the 16-year-old, who was killed in May 2008.

Team leader Janet Shaw, of Sutherland Avenue, Petts Wood, is heading up the "Peaky Girls" who will join 39 other groups in attempting to climb Ben Nevis at 4,406ft, Scafell Pike (3,206ft) and Snowdon (3,560ft).

The 49-year-old banker said: "We are very excited but also a bit nervous about what the weather has in store for us. The Jimmy Mizen Foundation is very close to us as we knew Jimmy when he played for Sidcup Rugby Club.

"We have trained really hard and believe we can finish within 24 hours. We are really pleased with our fundraising so far but just need a little more help to get to our overall target of £7,500."

The women, who have been training on the North Downs for nine months, are optimistic that they can complete the challenge despite the unpredictability of mountain weather conditions, even in June.

The team is made up of Mrs Shaw, Leigh Collins, Jacqui Ley, Hazel Hall, Sandra Watts, Julie Maybank, Jo Beauchamp and Karen Taylor.

Once they conquer Ben Nevis they will then drive their minibus to Scafell Pike, where they have to clim England's highest mountain.

After completing the second ascent, each team must then drive to Wales and climb Snowdon. The aim is to do all the climbing and driving within 24 hours. By the end, each team will have walked more than 20 miles, ascended more than 10,000 feet and driven more than 500 miles.

The group is also fundraising for the Fire Fighters' Charity and Help for Heroes.

To sponsor the group, see www.justgiving.com/PeakyGirls-helpforheroes, www.justgiving.

com/PeakyGirls-firefighters, www.uk.virginmoney

giving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=PeakyGirls-JimmyMizen

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