Man to climb London’s 02 Arena dome for charity

Ken Robinson with his dog Honey
Ken Robinson with his dog Honey

An 82-year-old man from Eastbourne is doing a sponsored walk over London’s 
O2 Arena dome to raise money for an animal rescue centre in Ringmer.

Ken Robinson, who spent his working life as a fitter and welder, said: “I’m not scared of heights, so that’s handy. I’ve always been up and down ladders for my work, so I got used to it. Bring on the challenge.”

The walk, which Mr Robinson will do with his niece Emily, 20, a teacher in Surrey, in aid of the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, will take place on October 4 – World Animal Day.

Mr Robinson, is doing the walk because he’s an animal lover, something he attributes to growing up in a rural part of the Midlands, but more specifically because he got his mixed-breed rescue dog Honey from Raystede five years ago.

Speaking of Raystede, he said: “They have got more horses recently and have to build more stables, so they need more money. But they also do a good job rescuing all sorts of animals.”

The challenge to ascend the 52-metre high structure by climbing up a 190-metre long walkway is the latest fundraising event organised by the rescue centre.

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