Workmates tackled a huge challenge for a cause close to their hearts.

Staff from Babcock Defence Support Group (DSG) at Bovington, who repair and maintain military vehicles for the British Army, took on the physical trial of the Three Peaks Challenge.

This involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within 14 hours – not including travelling time.

The total walking distance is 23 miles and the total ascent is 3,064 metres.

The team undertook the challenge for the Weymouth-based Veterans Hub charity which supports veterans with life after the military.

They raised a total of £1,675, beating an initial target of £1,500. Much of the extra money was raised due to one of the team climbing Snowdon in fancy dress.

A spokesman for the team said: "Our thirteen hour drive to Scotland from Dorset commenced on Thursday, June 13 with hiking starting on the following morning. We took on a peak each day, finishing at the bottom of Snowdon on Sunday, June 16.

"We conquered Ben Nevis in six hours, Scafell Pike in four hours and Snowdon in four hours.

"The views were idyllic and the climbs pushed everyone to the limit and gave us a great sense of achievement."

The team were given a tour of the Veterans Hub at Wyke Regis when they presented a cheque for the funds raised.

The team spokesman said: "The charity provides a safe and secure location for veterans and their families to all come together in an environment that would enable them to socialise in a non-clinical setting in order to provide peer to peer support for each other. Essentially, this is a charity that is saying to veterans and their families that they are not alone and that there is a whole ‘military’ family out there that will support them whenever needed."

The Babcock team were Leighton Guppy, Rob Messenger, Dan Webb, Matt Chalker, Jamie Morfil, Peter Jones, Dave Petit, Paul Holmes, Richard Latham, Tina Williams, and Steve Williams.