TEMPERATURES of nearly 30 degrees celcius failed to stop a determined team of fundraisers.

As part of the Hope For Gemma campaign, a team of 32 pulled a truck from Barlows Park, Tadley, to the Calleva Arms, Silchester, and back again on Saturday.

The team managed to pull the vehicle at faster than walking pace as a team of marshals and volunteers lined the route to ensure safety while fundraising.

Overall, the organisers are looking to raise up to £4,000 from the day in aid of Hope For Gemma - £1,200 was raised just by bucket collections on the day.

The family of mother-of-three Gemma Kent, from Tadley, needs to raise £60,000 to pay for life-extending treatment for her liver and pancreatic cancer, which takes up to six months, and to cover getting to and staying in Turkey.

Event organiser Caz White said: “There has been so much to do in five weeks to organise this but it has been just amazing how people have wanted to get involved.

“It is amazing how Tadley has come together.”

Gemma flew to Turkey last week to begin her treatment.

To follow the campaign, search for @HopeForGemma on Facebook and to donate, go to gofundme.com/hope-for-gemma.

The Hope for Gemma campaign has now raised more than £51,000.