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

Ken Robinson's O2 climb SUS-150910-112453001
Ken Robinson's O2 climb SUS-150910-112453001

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.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at Text to display

3) Follow us on Twitter @Eastbournenews

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Eastbourne Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.