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Surge in donations for climbers' charity

The deaths of two friends attempting to climb Mont Blanc have prompted a surge in donations for the charity for which they were fund-raising.

Neighbours Steve Barber, 47, and John Taylor, 48, were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, alongside fellow Briton Roger Payne.

Mr Barber and Mr Taylor were attempting the climb to raise money for St Leonard's Hospice in York.

Before news of their deaths emerged, there had been about 20 donations on Mr Barber's page on the JustGiving website, totalling about £300. 149 people have now promised money, with the total now topping £2533.50.