A dozen trekkers travelled across the Transylvanian Alps to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Farleigh Hospice.

The gang of revellers raised a total of £22,000 for the hospice, walking the Alps of the Southern Carpathians.

The nine trekkers took on the walk over the course of five days, reaching their highest point at 2,200m.

Debbie de Boltz, fundraising manager for Farleigh Hospice took part in the challenge, and was proud to have raised such an "amazing" amount of money.

She said: "It was one of the toughest, yet most exhilarating challenges of my life.

"Due to the fact the area had suffered the heaviest snowfall for 30 years we ended up in very challenging conditions rather than the expected early Spring weather that was predicted.

"However knowing the money we raised will be used to support the people of mid Essex living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement kept us all going.

“Everyone who took part in the event, really believed in the cause."

The group stayed in mountain huts throughout the journey, while they took in the breath-taking views of Romania.

All the proceeds from the event will go to the hospice which will help to provide care for people living with a life-limiting illness or a bereavement.

Farleigh Hospice supports people and their families across Essex.

Mrs de Boltz added: "Last year we provided care and support, free of charge, to 6,686 people and our Advice Line received 12,930 calls.

"Farleigh makes a real difference, whether you are ill, bereaved, or worried about someone who is, Farleigh Hospice is here for you.”