A TEAM of Jaguar Land Rover employees are swapping engines for hiking sticks as they take on the three peaks today (September 2).
Hassan Ashraf alongside six other walkers and a support crew of three from across the big cat sites will be walking in memory of his friend who his own life.
They are hoping to raise £1,000 for CALM, The Campaign Against Living Miserably.
The group set off this morning and will be scaling the three highest peaks in Scotland, Ben Nevis, England, Scafell Pike, and Wales, Snowdon, back-to-back, as well as the travel between the locations.
They aim to be finished by tomorrow (September 3).
For some this will be the first time they have climbed a mountain but for others, like Hassan, it was be more familiar.
Hassan has completed it twice before, once when he was serving in the RAF in 2007 and again for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in 2012.
He said: “I want to promote dialogue with those around me about mental health and suicide and let people know that there is support available.
“Ultimately, the aim is to prevent people feeling like there’s no other option.
“I approached a few friends at work and discussed the idea of fundraising with them, and the challenge was born.
“From the outset, my mantra has been to do this responsibly as a team, to raise awareness of and fundraise for charity and to create memories for life.
“The teamwork aspect is hugely important for me. As a team, we are incredibly strong and can motivate and encourage each other to complete this challenge when we feel as though we cannot go any further.”
Joining Hassan are Andy Lavender, Mauro Ramirez, Victor Adunmade, Rob Graham, Blaine McSweeney, Duncan Hemming, Asmodeus Jogia, Support Crew, Phil Berry, Owen Dearling and Simon Tucker.
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