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Caroline Flack's close friends and family including Olly Murs and Bradley Simmonds have raised £30,000 for The Samaritans in honour of the late star.

The group completed a trek for the charity in which they climbed 17 peaks as part of the Lake District's 24 Peak Challenge, in just two days.

Love Island presenter Caroline sadly died at her home on February 15 last year, aged 40, and her family has spoken out after the challenge to pay thanks to those involved and those who donated.

In a statement after the challenge, Caroline's family said: "We want to say a huge thank you to Bradley for organising Climb For Caroline and to every single person who took time out of their busy lives to join in."

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs were good friends
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The statement continued: "Across the weekend we shared moments of sadness and joy, we stuck together throughout the rain and shine and managed to raise nearly £30,000 for Samaritans.

"Thank you to all of those we met along the way and to those at home who continue to support us."

The group paid a touching tribute to Caroline by using her lipstick to write "C" at the top of every peak.

When one of the peaks climbed did not have a name, the group christened it "Flack's Peak" and wrote this name at the top with her lipstick.

Olly Murs completes mountain trek in honour of Caroline Flack and names peak after her
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The group reach the top of another peak
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Mollie Grosberg was among a group of Caroline's pals, spoke about the lipstick tributes, writing on Instagram : "Here it is. Just for you my darling beautiful girl. Thank you for loving so much @carolineflack none of this will ever be enough."

Mollie also clarified that the red mark was not permanent, adding: "we used water based lipstick (Mac Ruby Woo) to write this. It will come off in the rain almost immediately.

"I do not and would never encourage anyone to deface anything in nature especially in a national park.

"Also don’t throw banana skins on the floor anywhere because they do not biodegrade."

Donations to Climb For Caroline can be made here.

*If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch