PRISONERS and staff from HMP Glenochil went into a mountain climbing frenzy to raise funds for life-saving volunteers.

All done in the gym on several Versaclimbers, they took on the challenge to climb the equivalent height of all Scotland's 282 Munros and 222 Corbetts in just 12 days to net cash for the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team.

In addition, a second team climbed distances worth a Mount Everest expedition every day for five days, with everyone's efforts generating £355.10 for the charity altogether.

Andy Cloquet, of the rescue team, was taking part and said: "Ochils Mountain Rescue Team are very proud to accept a fabulous donation from prisoners and staff of HMP Glenochil.

"This donation will be spent on invaluable equipment used in our work to search and rescue anyone lost, injured, or taken ill in Scotland's outdoors.

"Ochils Mountain Rescue Team recognise the exceptional effort made by all those who participated and would also like to thank the PE staff for holding this fantastic event.

"To climb the equivalent of the height of all the Munros and Corbetts from sea level to summit in that timescale is remarkable.

"We are also especially thankful to the prisoners who donated a huge percentage of their weekly wage."

Kevin Mitchell, chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue, climbed the last 2,500ft of the Munro Madness challenge along with the team of prisoners.

He added: "This is a fantastic achievement and we are very please to support this kind of community engagement.

"The effort and enthusiasm of the guys here reflects the ethos of mountain rescue volunteers who are on call anyhow, anytime, any day and in any weather."