Olly Murs has paid tribute to his former co-presenter and friend, Caroline Flack, in a two-day event in the Lake District.

The Love Island star died by suicide at the age of 40 last year with her fans and friends left heartbroken.

Her death spurred some of her close friends, including Olly Murs to take on a mountain trek in her honour, writing her name across a rock at the peak.

The team were set to climb with Charity Challenge and WOW Hydrate to raise awareness and increase support for leading suicide prevision charity, Samaritains.

Each day the team trekked 12 hours taking on iconic mountains across the Lake District, hoping to raise money to help others.

Olly Murs ready for the Climb for Caroline
Olly Murs ready for the Climb for Caroline

X Factor and The Voice judge, Olly Murs, along with a group of Caroline's friends climbed more than 24 peaks in the mountains across the Lake District over 24 hours to raise money.

Mollie Grosberg was among some of the people who joined on weekend. Olly and the team later named one of the peaks after Caroline - something that has cause some backlash.

Olly Murs took to social media to document the journey.

His first post was on Saturday when he uploaded three pictures from the day.

The caption reads: "Day 1 completed. On our Climb for Caroline. Was super tough but we smashed it together. This pic was clearly taken at the start.

"For anyone who is wondering we did seven peaks so far - Rosett Pike, Allen Grags, Ill Grags, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Esk Pike and Bow Fell."

Day one of the team walking in memory of Caroline Flack
Day one of the team walking in memory of Caroline Flack

The second post, which was uploaded on Sunday (June 13), read: "New peak at the Lake District! This one had no name, so we called it the “Flack Peak”

"This was a Special weekend with Special people, doing something for a very Special person! Thanks for all the messages of support and the donations xx."

The naming of the peak by writing 'Flack Peak' on a rock at the top has cause some backlash from fans on the post.

People have commented calling the paint 'graffiti' and asking when the team plan to return to clean it up.

Tim Neale is a freelance mountain leader and expedition leader and he believes what the team did is graffiti.

He explained: "The Lake District National Park, along with our other national parks have areas of upland which are fragile and sensitive areas.

"The environments are influenced by man, but are managed in such a way as to protect their appearance and biodiversity along with providing recreational access and farming.

"To write on rocks isn't compatible with this and is graffiti and potentially causing damage to lichens which may have developed on the rock over hundreds of years.

"I fully support people using the national parks and appreciating the landscape and also support the fundraising and raising awareness of the Samaritans that has been carried out in the memory of Caroline Flack."

A team of people climbed different mountains in the Lake District in memory of Caroline Flack
A team of people climbed different mountains in the Lake District in memory of Caroline Flack

Stuart Smith, freelance international mountain leader, said: "It is graffiti. It is wrong to do such a thing and then it was on the emotional hook.

"I just find it a little bit disturbing. There's lots of litter around the Lake District at the moment."

Mr Smith has reached out to Olly Murs and his team to ask where the rock is so he can clean it him and take responsibility for it.

"It shouldn't have been done in the first place," he added. "I would go back up. If he could tell me where it was, I would go back up.

"He has done a huge challenge. It's easy to go on the sentimental emotion."

The Lake District National Park Authority declined to comment on this.

The JustGiving page has raised more than £27,000 and you can donate by clicking here.

The countryside code has strict rules on leaving litter and graffiti. You can read more about the countryside code here.

Samaritans : Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Platform 1 men's community group : Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.

Andy's Man Club : [email protected]

PAPYRUS : A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Mind : A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.

Bullying UK : A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) : For young men who are feeling unhappy. There's a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839   

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