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Olly Murs completes charity climb

Olly murs and friends in the lake district celebrating climbing a peak
Olly murs and friends in the lake district celebrating climbing a peak Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Olly Murs has raised more than £24,000 in memory of his friend and TV personality Caroline Flack who took her own life in February 2020 aged 40.

The singer was joined by a group of friends as they challenged themselves to climb 24 peaks within 24 hours over two days.

On one peak they wrote Caroline’s name on a rock and dedicated the mountain to Flack.

Murs wrote on Instagram:  "New peak at the Lake District!

"This one had no name, so we called it the 'Flack Peak' this was a Special weekend with Special people, doing something for a very Special person!

"Thanks for all the messages of support and the donations xx."

The Climb For Caroline Challenge saw the team of intrepid explorers spend last weekend in the Lake District raising money for The Samaritans.

Completing his climbs Murs thanked people supporting the cause “from the bottom of my heart, from all of us".

"My legs are sore, I've got blisters, my knees are so tired," he wrote.

"I'm exhausted but I'm doing this for Caz, we are doing this for the Samaritans."

Joining Murs on the trek was his former personal trainer Bradley Simmonds, stylists Lou Teasdale and Nana Acheampong and one of his best mates Mollie Grosberg.

Simmonds, who was also a good friend of Flack, said: "I know how much exercise helped Caroline with her mental health so I wanted to create a challenge where her family and friends can come together and do something powerful in her memory.

"Hopefully this challenge will raise awareness for others to seek support whilst also raising money for Samaritans".

Flack took her own life after the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial of her alleged attack of boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019.

You can make a donation towards Climb For Caroline on the Just Giving page.