A gruelling climbing challenge by firefighters in Ryde has raised more than £5,000 for charity.

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The challenge saw the firefighters scale a ladder at Western Gardens on Ryde Esplanade – covering a distance of more than 70,000 metres.

Ryde climb by Mark Grimes

The climb was the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest eight times.

A total of £5,500 is being split between the Ryde Fire Station Charity Fund and The Wight Brainy Bunch, a charity which was set up by challenge organiser and firefighter Mark Grimes, following his diagnosis with a brain tumour in 2015.

Mark said:

“It was probably the hardest thing any of us have ever done.

“We were hoping to climb the equivalent of 13 Mount Everests, but we found out quickly just how difficult it was. Everyone put a huge amount of effort into the challenge.

“I have to say thank you to everyone who has supported us – especially Ace Scaffold – and everyone who kindly donated money.

“We don’t know what our next challenge will be just yet. But there will be another, but not as hard as this one, that’s for sure!”

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