The Veteran - April Issue


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The Veteran 18 April 2019

Charity Challenge: RAF Personnel

Take On Lofty London Landmark

The four are scaling the stairs of the Gherkin to raise

money for the RAF Benevolent Fund

Story: Forces.Net

Four RAF personnel are taking

on a daring challenge this year

- to climb the 38 floors, 180

metres and more than 1,000

steps of the Gherkin in


It is arguably the most

instantly-recognised tower in

the city.

The aim of those taking part is

to scale the building 50 times,

raising money for the RAF

Benevolent Fund.

The challenge, which started

10 years ago, and has seen

more than 6,000 people take


Some have termed it "the

stairway to hell."

Senior Aircraftman Anna

Duckett, RAF Northolt, said:

"They've been supporting the

RAF, service personnel,

veterans, their families for 100

years so it's a nice marker for

us to say thank you."

Regional organiser, from the

RAF Benevolent Fund,

Charlotte Barmby was full of

praise for the participants:

"It's a really tough challenge.

"You've got no windows,

you've got no air-conditioning,

and you're constantly spiralling

up the building, so good on

them for giving it a go."

"We have all sorts of people

doing all sorts of different

things to raise money for the

RAF benevolent fund, but this

is one of those events that

really stood out.

"It was completely unique, at a

really famous London

landmark to celebrate the 100

years of the Royal Air Force - it

was just the perfect

combination to do something

different and raise money for a

good cause so I was really

excited to work with them on


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