Gherkineers wanted

Race City A.M. to the top of the Gherkin to raise funds for the NSPCC

Looking for a fitness challenge? The NSPCC is challenging people to take on The Gherkin Challenge, racing up 38 flights of stairs to the summit of the iconic building to raise vital funds for the charity. Race against teams from City A.M. and integrated communications agency OMD, who will be going head to head to see who can top the building first – and raise the most cash.

Taking place on the weekend of 22-23 June, The Gherkin Challenge offers a rare opportunity to enjoy stunning panoramic views from the building’s exclusive 40/30 bar, which is normally only accessible to members.

FOR the more competitive among you, there’s Summit Sunday – a no holds barred race to the top with no distractions. The family morning is on Saturday 22 June and will feature Everest Basecamp-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Victoria Kellaway, NSPCC head of participation events, said: “The Gherkin Challenge is the perfect opportunity for people to experience the stunning views from the top of this iconic and exclusive London landmark, whilst raising money for a good cause. You can walk or run up the 38 floors to the top; take on your friends, family or colleagues or sign up as part of a team to make it a real challenge.”

For anyone who doesn’t fancy running up the 38 floors to the top, there is the option to purchase a “Prestige Lift Pass” for £75, which will give you the chance to cheer on the City A.M. team from the comfort of the coolest bar in London while soaking up the views with a glass of bubbly – not to mention raising vital funds for the NSPCC without the climb.

Funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children through its projects and services including ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

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The entry fee for The Gherkin Challenge is just £20 per individual or £70 per team of four for Summit Sunday. For families taking part on Basecamp Saturday, the entry fee is £20 per adult and £10 per child. Children must be aged eight or over to take part in The Gherkin Challenge, and adult participants are also asked to raise sponsorship.

For further information or to register for The Gherkin Challenge, visit www.gherkinchallenge.org.uk. Registration will be open until 23:59 on Monday 17 June 2013