The thought of climbing one mountain is enough to make anyone weak at the knees, but one Borehamwood man has challenged himself to climb three in just 24 hours.

Phil Brown, the director of Elstree Plumbing based in Shenley Road, is gearing up for the three peaks challenge to raise money for children’s charity Childline.

During the challenge, he will climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just one day to raise money for the charity he has spent three years volunteering for.

The dad-of-one, whose son Jake is 20, said: “I heard about it and thought it would be a nice walk up the mountain, a pub lunch and then a nice walk down, but no such luck.

“It is going to be the toughest thing I have ever done. I was apprehensive at first, but I am so passionate about helping Childline that I know it is all going to be worth it.

“I have a strict training regiment: I swim, walk, run and have begun a new healthy eating diet too.”

Married Mr Brown will be doing the climb in September and hopes to raise up to £5,000 for his cause.

He spends a few days a week manning the phones for Childline, a service that provides a free counselling helpline for children across the UK. 

Earlier this year, he was voted as volunteer councillor of the year in a national competition.

“I work alongside some unbelievable people so have seen firsthand how important the service is.

“Sometimes the calls we get can be a life or death situation and we have to act fast and phone the police.

“The work is very fulfilling and it makes me even more inspired to raise all this money.”