A DORSET man has been scaling the heights of Yorkshire to raise funds for two charities close to his heart.

Martyn Price took on the county’s three highest peaks – Peny-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, completing the 24-mile trek in under 12 hours.

The 37-year-old, who was born and brought up in Bere Regis and Wool and moved to West Yorkshire a decade ago, was raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Martyn’s mum Valerie was cared for at the Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester before she passed away last year.

She was well-known and well-loved district nurse in Wool and Bere Regis for more than 20 years and was also involved in the Wool Holy Rood Church as well as editing Wool Parish News.

Martyn also took on the challenge in memory of his mother-in-law Pam Seagroves, who also died of cancer just days before his own mother.

He was joined on the walk by friend Matt Walker and they completed the arduous journey half an hour inside their 12-hour target.

Martyn said the hot weather meant it was hard work, but he enjoyed it nonetheless.

He said: “It went really well, it was a bit tougher than I had contemplated but we completed it in 11-and-a-half hours.

“There was a lot of almost rock climbing as well as walking.”

Martyn and Matt have so fair raised around £1,800, which is well above what they had expected to achieve and they are delighted to have collected so much for two such worthy causes.

Martyn said: “I thought it would be good if we raised £500 or £600 so it’s gone way past that. It’s made doing it really worthwhile.”

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Martyn can still do so online at virginmoneygiving.com/martynprice2