Reach for the top with the Gherkin Chal­lenge

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RACE up to the top of one of Lon­don’s most pop­u­lar land­marks for an un­for­get­table chal­lenge in the name of char­ity.

Chil­dren’s char­ity NSPCC is call­ing out to all west Lon­don­ers who fancy run­ning up a sky­scraper to do so for a good cause.

The an­nual Gherkin Chal­lenge al­lows climbers to step in­side the iconic build­ing and with ev­ery stride know they are help­ing to raise money for the char­ity’s cru­cial work with some of Houn­slow, Hilling­don, Har­row, Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, and the UK’s most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

On reach­ing the top ‘Gherki­neers’ will have a one-off op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the stun­ning panoramic views across the cap­i­tal while toast­ing their achieve­ment with a glass of bub­bly.

Peo­ple are re­quired to raise at least £200 each and the chal­lenge can be taken on your own or along­side friends as part of a team.

NSPCC head of par­tic­i­pa­tion events, Vic­to­ria Kell­away, said: “The Gherkin Chal­lenge is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge your­self as you as­cend to the top ei­ther on your own, or along­side fam­ily and friends as part of a team.

“How­ever you choose to do it, ev­ery step will make a dif­fer­ence for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren across the UK.

“On av­er­age a child con­tacts Child­Line ev­ery 25 sec­onds. With this in mind, we’ve set a tar­get of rais­ing £200 spon­sor­ship for tak­ing on The Gherkin Chal­lenge which will help pay for 50 chil­dren to get the sup­port they need.”

The NSPCC helps pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and pre­vent abuse through a num­ber of projects and ser­vices in­clud­ing Child­Line – the UK’s free, 24-hour con­fi­den­tial helpline.

The char­ity runs a num­ber of pro­grammes at its West Lon­don Ser­vice Cen­tre on Swan Road, Han­worth.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is now open and the en­try fee is £20 per adult; £10 for chil­dren aged 18 or un­der; or £70 for a team of four with a spon­sor­ship tar­get of £200 per per­son.

If you don’t fancy tak­ing the stairs you can pur­chase a ‘cham­pagne lift pass’ for £50 or £80 for two.

The event is due to be held on Sun­day June 19.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.nspcc.org.uk/ gherkin.

n UPS AND DOWNS: Anna Hol­land, Ly­dia Bo­gat and Sangeeta Dhamelia-York com­plete the Gherkin

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