AN EPIC fundraising challenge has been set by two women determined to make a difference in memory of their beloved baby nephew.

Sophie Cox and Jennie Pearce-Roberts, from Great Ayton, decided to give themselves a goal to focus on following the tragic death of Joey Bedford, who died last month after a short illness aged just 10 months.

It is no simple task they have set themselves – to climb all 214 Wainwright peaks of the Lake District in just four weeks.

The sheer volume of climbs means the women will have to climb more than 10 fells on some of the days; will often have to camp in the wild; and will be governed by the wind on some days if it too strong to climb to a high altitude.

Miss Pearce-Roberts said: "We went to Keswick last year as a big family group with Joey's parents, Gina and Jordan, and his grandparents.

"We fell in love with the area, and Catbells was our first Wainwright. We had bought a book on the Wainwrights and had planned to try and complete them all over the next ten years, taking on about 20 a year.

"Following the loss of Joey, we needed a focus, for ourselves and for Joey's family – to raise awareness and funds for the correct cause in time.

"It had to be something big, and we already have a love of being in the outdoors, so this was something we came up with fairly quickly."

Miss Cox said: "I think I suggested doing the Wainwrights and then Jennie said yes, but that we needed to do them all in a month.

"We know it'll be tough but we think it's achievable for us."

Miss Pearce-Roberts said: "We do a lot of hiking and running, but we now need to start longer walks on consecutive days.

"We'll also need to take on a lot of calories so have contacted companies who have sponsored us with gels, sachets and energy drinks, which is amazing.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received already. I put a post on Facebook about our plans and within minutes it was getting shared, people we don't even know are offering to get us supplies and equipment.

"It brings a lump to my throat to think about how much love and support is coming our way, and that is also such a boost to the whole family.

"It is little lifts like this that is keeping them going through this terrible time. Gina and Jordan have bought hiking boots so they can come on some walks with us.

"We have always known how important the outdoors is for mental health, and that's another reason why this is such a good challenge."

Although Miss Cox and Miss Pearce-Roberts are experienced walkers, they know the weather will play a major role in the challenge.

Miss Cox said: "If the wind is too strong, we will only be able to do a low fell. But, we're sure that Joey will keep us going."