The family of a Commando killed in Afghanistan will mark the tenth anniversary of his death by climbing the UK's highest peak.

Cpt Tom Sawyer from 29 Cdo was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

In July relatives and friends, known as Team Tom 29, will join his mother and father Sue and Martyn Sawyer climbing Ben Nevis.

The team will be fundraising for two charities: Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports children of military personnel, and Hounds for Heroes, which provides service dogs for military and public service personnel who have been injured.

In a statement, the family said: “We have been inspired by the courage and commitment shown by Tom throughout his career, during which he received a Brigade Commanders Commendation for his outstanding work on his first tour of Afghanistan and posthumously the Mansergh Memorial Bravery Award.

“All those who knew and loved Tom will agree that given his love for his beautiful black Labrador Kai and how passionate he was about the welfare of his lads and their families, he would be proud to support both of these charities.

“We will wear our Team Tom T-shirts with pride as we continue to honour Tom’s memory.”

Before the climb the family will also be holding a Charity Dog Race and Disco Evening on June 15 at The Royal British Legion, Croxley Green and Tickets are available from Sue and Martyn - Anyone interested can contact us on 07791078495.

Cpt Sawyer’s family say the choice of charities reflects Tom's love of dogs and also his concern for the welfare of his men and their families.

Tom's friends and family will also hold an auction, a raffle and a disco.