A team hoping to climb Mount Everest is putting on a fundraising auction to help raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

A team hoping to scale Mount Everest in 2016 is planning a charity auction to boost fundraising efforts.

So far the Everest Ascent team has raised around £245,000, mainly in corporate sponsorship, towards their £400,000 total for Children’s Hospice South West.

They started with a group of five but due to personal and medical reasons, only two will be heading for the summit of the 8,858m-high mountain in May next year.

Jason Ashton, Lorna Smith, Dan Coleman and Beth Vickery will all trek to the base camp – but only Jason and Lorna will attempt to reach the very top.

Jason, from Bideford, said: “We all had to undergo a medical for our insurance and sadly now only Lorna and I will be attempting to summit.

“Training has stepped up – we’re going to the Brecon Beacons soon, as well as doing our own tri-peaks challenge next month, where we’ll climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.”

On September 18 there will be a charity ball and auction at the Cedars Inn.

“We’re looking for a band and businesses to donate prizes, so if anyone can help it would be great if they could get in touch,” added Jason.

Jason will also be attempting to break the world record for the most tiles broken by hand in five minutes.

He said: “I attempted it in 2010 for Comic Relief and I’m hoping I can break 3,000 tiles.”

Anyone who can donate any roofing tiles to the attempt can contact the team at everestascent@outlook.com.

Find ‘Everest Ascent Chsw’ on Facebook to follow the team’s adventure.