Four RAF Personnel To Raise Money For RAF Benevolence Fund By Climbing Stairwell Of “The Gherkin”

Posted on April 12, 2019

The challenge, which started 10 years ago, and has seen more than 6,000 people take part. 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.”

Echoing the sentiment, was Senior Aircraftman Sam Lake, RAF Northolt: “Obviously it’s close to the Royal Air Force’s heart, the benevolent fund has supported the RAF since 1919 – so the year after its inception really. It’s nice to give something back to a charity that supports and does so much for the members of the air force.”

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 it.”

It’s a formidable test of stamina, and once complete – the 360-degree view across London awaits them at the top.

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