A team of five Mencap workers in Skegness are to tackle 825 steps of a 525ft-tall London skyscraper to raise cash for the charity.
Roxy Wilson, Adam Waples, Donna Hinchcliffe, Sandie Parker and Adam Outing work at the Skegness branch of Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities in their homes.
In July they will face a different kind of challenge, when they climb the 34 floors of 20 Fenchurch Street – nicknamed the ‘walkie-talkie’ building, due to its unusual shape. “We will definitely be getting the lift back down,” joked Roxy, who is hoping to climb Boston Stump’s tower as part of her training.
“Myself and Sandie are smokers and not very fit, so we’ve been jogging and doing what we can to prepare,” she said.
“The others are pretty active, with Adam having just done the London Marathon, but it will be a challenge for all five of us.”
Their effort will form part of Mencap’s national ‘Step-Up’ challenge on July 17.
When the team make it to the top of the building they will be greeted with a champagne reception, and staggering views across the city, in the glass-domed Sky Garden.
The five, who have called themselves Team All Shapes and Sizes, after their differing heights and fitness levels, say they are passionate about helping those they support to better their opportunities in life through employment.
“The campaign is to raise awareness and funds for people with learning disabilities to find employment,” said Roxy. “Statistics show only six per cent of people who have learning disabilities are in employment, although over 80 per cent want and are pursuing employment.”
They are hoping to raise around £1,000 between them.
l To support the team, visit their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/allshap sandsizes