A team of 21 took on the Three Peaks Challenge last year and raised a total of £6,034.32 which will be split equally between the Fistral children's ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and the Children's Hospice South West.

The group of trekkers was made up of 14 employees from the hospital X-ray department along with seven friends and family.

The challenge was to complete the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours however after a 14 hour journey to Scotland from Cornwall along with a few injuries and setbacks the 24 hour target became less of a reality.

The team climbed Ben Nevis, a distance of 1,345 metres (10.5 miles), followed by Scafell Pike a distance of 978 metres (six miles) and finished with Snowdon which is 1,085 metres (seven miles).

Simon Davis, part of the X-Ray team, said: “It was personally the toughest thing I have ever done, but incredibly rewarding when we reached the last summit and realised we had done it. It was a great team effort and we were constantly aware of the charities we were doing it for which certainly kept us going when things got tough.”

A previous team from the X Ray department took on the Three Peaks Challenge ten years ago which was the inspiration for last year's organiser Marcus Chaplin.

Alice Merrett, community fundraiser for CHSW, said: “To complete the Three Peaks Challenge is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful to the X-Ray department team for all their hard work in training and fundraising for this challenge.

"This donation really will make a difference to the support we can offer the children and families that come to Little Harbour for short breaks and respite."