A 12-hour charity challenge has raised more than £3,000 for two North Devon charities.

Reform Fitness in Barnstaple hosted the 12-hour challenge on November 3, with teams taking 20-minute slots to push the weighted sled and keep it moving.

Overall the event raised £3,610.61, which will be split evenly between ChemoHero and Everything Ellie.

The event was organised by 32-year-old Kelly Mackie, from Fremington, and Reform Fitness owner Steve Sanger.

They put on the event after Kelly beat cervical cancer this year.

Kelly said: “I’m just completely blown away by how much we have raised.

“It’s at least double the amount I thought we would make. It’s all down to the amazing Reform family.

“If there’s one thing I want people to take from this, it’s please, please, have your smear test.

“The amount of people going to have a smear test is at a 21-year low and we have to change that. It could save your life.”

New data last week revealed 40,000 women in Devon did not attend their last smear test.

Only 76.3 per cent of the 189,300 women who were due a smear test before the end of March attended an appointment.

This means around 44,830 women missed out on the ‘life-saving’ programme.

Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for a screening every three years, while those aged 50 to 64 attend every five years.

If they do not have a test within six months of their latest invitation they are counted as not having attended.

In Devon, the younger age group were significantly less likely to be up to date with their tests.

Just 75.1 per cent of 25 to 40-year-olds had attended their last appointment before the end of March compared to 78.1 per cent of 50 to 64-year-olds.