TRYING to impress Lord Alan Sugar was daunting enough.
But for Stuart Baggs ‘The Brand’ walking on the outside of the Spinnaker Tower – 280ft above the ground – was even more frightening.
The star of the hit BBC1 show The Apprentice yesterday walked across one of the landmark’s ‘ribs’ to raise money for Comic Relief.
The 22-year-old said: ‘The walk was as scary as hell.
‘And what was worse was there was some problems with the ropes, so I had psyched myself up to go out and then when I did they told me I had to walk backwards and get back in.
‘It’s not quite what you want to hear when you’re at that height.
‘As soon as I got back out I decided to go for it.
‘Because the rib is curved you have to look down to see your footing.
‘When I looked down I was like “woah”. But the adrenaline rush I got from it was amazing.
‘And the by-product is we’re raising money for charity.’
Stuart – who became famous for his appearance on the show, in which he nicknamed himself ‘The Brand’ – added: ‘Hopefully it will inspire other people to do something for charity as well.
‘Comic Relief is a great charity to support and we get to see the benefits in this country as well as others.’
Stuart was joined by BBC South weathergirl Reham Khan and Spinnaker Tower staff members Simon Wildgust, Jenny Merrison and Bernie Welch.
The brave five climbed out of the crow’s nest near the summit of the tower, then dropped to the longest ‘rib’ of the tower and walked across to the other side, before making their way back.
Weather presenter Reham also recorded a weather broadcast while she was taking part in the challenge.
She said: ‘It was a strange experience being out there.
‘It’s one way to get a good view.
‘I was quite nervous going up there first, but at least the weather was on side.
‘The whole walk was over quickly though.’
The fundraising idea was dreamt up by the Spinnaker Tower’s operations manager Simon.
The 34-year-old said: ‘It seemed like a fun way to raise money.
‘It has taken months of planning, but was worth it in the end.
‘We want to say thank you to SC Access, who provided the harnesses and safety for us to carry out this challenge.’
This year Red Nose Day is on Friday, March 18 on BBC1 from 7pm.
To donate money visit justgiving.com/spinnaker-tower