Eighty-two-year-old’s charity O2 climb

Ken Robinson's O2 climb SUS-150910-112453001

Ken Robinson's O2 climb SUS-150910-112453001

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An 82-year-old has climbed 175 feet up the O2 to raise money for Raystede.

Ken Robinson, who lives in Shinewater with his wife Violet and their rescue dog Honey, completed the challenge with his 23-year-old granddaughter Emily Robinson.

Ken took part with a group of people who were all fundraising for the same charity. The youngest person was 12 and ken ws the oldest by far.

He said, “It went very well and I enjoyed it.

“It was tiring on the legs though – a bit like walking up a big, steep, hill-like trampoline.”

The climb took the pair 90 minutes from beginning to end and Ken said he enjoyed the views of London when he reached the top platform.

He told the Gazette he wasn’t frightened at all.

He added, “It was very safe. We had climbing shoes and a harness so we couldn’t fall.

“I am ok with heights because I used to be on scaffolding a lot when I worked.”

Ken has raised £180 for Raystede, an animal rescue centre.

He says the charity is close to his heart because his dog Honey came from the centre to live with him and his wife four years ago.

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