A TEAM of Service spouses scaled the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge to raise nearly £1,200 for military charity Little Troopers.

Seven women from Maidstone’s Invicta Park Barracks and one from Brompton Park Barracks in Chatham reached the summits of Scotland’s Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales in under 24 hours to complete the trek.

The “Chicks with Sticks”, whose husbands serve with 36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, had to climb around 11,000 feet to complete the arduous challenge, training for which began last year and included a summit of Snowdon ahead of the main event.

Clare Manx, who lives in Maidstone with husband Staff Sergeant Nicholas Marx (REME) and their sons and was joined in the Three Peaks team by Celine Williams, Sue Drysdale, Meredith Grant, Lisa Britton, Fiona McNeil, Jo Stanley and Rekha Rana, explained: “We have all been training hard, walking running and squatting.

“We’ve also been meeting once a month to complete various hills and long walks. It’s been great team building and we’ve had lots of laughs along the way.”

Little Troopers founder Louise Fetigan expressed her gratitude for the Chicks with Sticks, adding: “Every single penny they raise will go towards projects which make a difference to the lives of children whose parents have chosen a career in the Armed Forces.”

To donate to the Chicks with Sticks, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chickswithsticks

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