THREE sports enthusiasts from Tonbridge have expressed their gratitude to the more than 200 supporters who have helped them donate £12,000 to a good cause.

John Jenner, Darren Apps, and Nick Massey, who are all in their 50s and born and bred in Tonbridge, spent twelve days straight trekking along Mount Everest, returning home last month.

Through a combination of online and old-fashioned paper sponsorship, they managed to collect the money for Taylor Made Dreams – a Crowborough-based charity who provide once-in-a-lifetime trips for children with life-limiting illnesses.

“We’d like to give a big thanks to the Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club and Tonbridge Angels Football club communities who have been really supportive,” said Mr Jenner, who is a coach for the rugby club’s Ladies Team, which sponsor the charity, allowing him to get to know its founder Suzi Mitchell.

“It was a fantastic experience. But it was physically tough, we were walking six to nine hours daily without a rest day and we were above 4,000 metres for six of those,” he admitted, adding that the trio were already discussing taking on another challenge, although ‘we’re not sure what we could do to better it’.

And the guys showed that no true Tonbridge Juddians’ fan lets small details, like being on the other side of the world, get in the way of keeping a close eye on their beloved team – as, while in Kathmandu they continued to receive live updates on the recent title-deciding game against Hertford.