A SOLDIER has shown his support for a disabled friend by embarking on a mountain climbing challenge for her benefit.

David Lucas, 17, an apprentice tradesman in the Army, set off on the Three Peaks challenge to climb Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis, with fellow soldiers and instructors. Having completed it, he estimates that he has raised more than £500 for family friend Tracey Alexander, who needs money for a new wheelchair.

David, of South Magdalene, Medomsley, said: "I got to know Tracey after she did charity work at my junior school and became friends with my mum. She's a lovely woman. When she was younger, she had a motorbike accident which damaged one leg.

"She desperately needs a new sports wheelchair.

"She was very happy and proud when I said I was doing this for her."