Staff from a Skipton-based company raised £3,500 for a local charity by completing the gruelling Bear Grylls Challenge.

The team from Goodwill Financial Planning took part in the event at Tatton Park in Cheshire recently.

Company owner Liam Best managed to complete the 10km race, while his colleagues Fiona Best, Sian Robinson and Rachel Chan all successfully finished the 5km version of the event.

As well as the distance, runners had to overcome demanding and dangerous physical obstacles normally seen in military training.

Participants also had to perform special challenges designed to test their outdoor survival skills, including starting a fire using a flint – and eating mealworms.

The Goodwill team used the event as an opportunity to raise money for Bradford City FC Community Foundation, and specifically the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit it supports.

The charity helps victims of the 1985 Bradford fire disaster in which 56 people lost their lives and many more suffered life-changing burn injuries.

Mr Best said afterwards: “I think it was the toughest event we’ve done so far because it wasn’t just physically demanding, we also needed to keep focussed and carry out specialist survival skills.

"It was hard work and physically exhausting, but finishing our races and raising so much money for such a great charity meant it was definitely worth all the pain!”

Thanks to the generosity of their clients, friends, and family, the Goodwill team raised a total of £2,438 including Gift Aid. The company itself has pledged to top this up with a further £1,062 to give a grand total of £3,500.