Fundraisers needed to take on 38 floors of the Gherkin

NEW HEIGHTS Claire Tewkesbury is taking part in the Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC next month
NEW HEIGHTS Claire Tewkesbury is taking part in the Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC next month
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Keen fundraiser Claire Tewkesbury is calling on local people to join her in climbing 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin – one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.

The Gherkin Challenge takes place on Sunday, September 6, and offers a rare opportunity to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the capital from the exclusive Searcys bar – normally only accessible to private members – while raising money for children’s charity the NSPCC.

Claire, sports coordinator at the University of Portsmouth’s Student Union, will be one of hundreds of participants taking on the building, which stands three times higher than Niagara Falls.

Claire, 29, said: ‘I’ve wanted to try something like this for a while. I’m currently doing Challenge 2015, where I do an event every month of this year and was searching for something to take part in for September when I saw the event for the NSPCC.

‘As the name suggests, Challenge 2015 is about challenging myself and what I can do but it’s also about (hopefully) raising lots of money for charity.

‘I’ve never raised money for the NSPCC before so I jumped at the chance when I 
saw the Gherkin Challenge.’

NSPCC head of participation events, Victoria Kellaway, said: ‘The Gherkin Challenge is a truly unique experience. Whether you choose to walk or run as part of a team or on your own, every step means we can help more children recover from abuse and find ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.

‘Tower running continues to increase in popularity, so whether you’re looking to beat a personal best or climb at a leisurely pace, we’re encouraging anyone who is looking for a fun challenge to have a go and join our fight for every childhood.’

The entry fee is £20 per person or £70 for a team of four with a sponsorship target of £200 per person, which could help answer 50 calls to ChildLine. Alternatively there is the option to purchase a champagne lift pass for £60 or £100 for two.

There will be a complimentary massage and glass of champagne or juice waiting at the top.

To register visit Registration will be open until September 1. To sponsor Claire, visit