30 May 2020

Over five hundred climb the Gherkin for ChildLine Step Change event

March 5, 2012

Yesterday saw more than five hundred participants take on one of London’s most iconic buildings, the Gherkin, for the event Step Change in a bid to raise funds for the children’s charity ChildLine.

Climbing up it’s 1,037 steps all the way to the top, those who took part in the event competed as individuals or in teams of four for the fastest time up the famous City building.

And this year also saw the introduction of a dedicated family slot, allowing children over the age of eight to race alongside their parents, making it easier than ever to get involved.

Speaking about the event, Director of ChildLine Services, Peter Liver, said, “It was fantastic to see our supporters out in force taking part in the Step Change Gherkin challenge. Some of my colleagues raced to the top as part of a team of 25 to celebrate ChildLine’s 25 anniversary, and they’ve told me that although it was hard going at times, it was well worth it for the stunning views from the top and the knowledge that it was all for a good cause.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, raising money for ChildLine and helping us to provide a listening ear for vulnerable children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn.”

This is the third year that Step Change has been staged, and it is hoped that the event will raise £200,000 this year for ChildLine.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Photo credit: Bogdan Maran

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