Mansfield to Ben Nevis by any means

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A group of hitch-hikers are setting off an adventure and they have to get to Scotland with no transport or accommodation - all in the name of charity.

Steve Hodgkinson, head coach at Instinctive Martial Arts Fitness, on Stockwell Gate, in Mansfield is travelling with Stuart Jackson and Martin Waugh to raise funds for Project Peru.

The guys have given themselves a target of three days to make it to the summit of Scotland’s highest mountain and are relying on the kindness of strangers to get them there.

Steve, 36, said: “I used to work in construction but got into fitness and it is my passion to help improve people’s quality of life.

“When the gym opened it was my goal to keep that ethos and found out about Project Peru and wanted to get behind them.”

The charity provides food, clothes, shelter, education, health and fun to children refuge centres in the desert shanty town of Lima.

Steve is heading out to Peru in February and plans to fund an adventure playground for the children, so far he has raised £1,000 but needs around £3,000 and hopes the hitch-hike will bring in vital funds.

He said: “We have to travel 378 miles and then we have a 4,602ft climb, we know it is going to be tough but we are looking forward to it.

“We can’t take much equipment because we have to remember that we may be sharing a car with a person who already has a boot full.

“This will be a test of the good will of the public and hope that there are enough kind people prepared to give a lift to three blokes or even offer us somewhere to stay.

“The hitch-hike is something a bit different and will challenge us to face our fears if we are left sleeping rough one night. Which if it wasn’t for the children’s centre most of the youngsters in Lima would be doing most nights.”

The challenge will start from the doors of the gym on Sunday morning, October 25 and take them all the way to the snowy hills.