Daredevil Romford granddad completes latest fundraising quest for hospitals

Hospital volunteer Charlie Richardson is back to his daredevil tricks – scaling the O2 before completing the skywalk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, finishing off by abseiling the 42metres down to the pitch.

Grandfather-of-eight Charlie completed his latest challenge all in one day on Saturday October 23.. So far he has raised £1,245 for the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity, with donations still rolling in. Everything he’s raised will go towards supporting the volunteer team.

This isn’t the first time Charlie, of Romford, has done something unusual to raise money for the hospitals, he’s already taken on a skydive and abseiled down one of London’s tallest buildings, Broadgate Tower.

Charlie said: “It was brilliant, it was so nice to get back to doing something like this, I think it gives everyone a lift.

“The only time I got a bit nervous was when I was about to step off the building at Tottenham to do the abseil – some of them were learning forward but I kept my back to the drop! I’m fine with heights once I’m on the way but I don’t like to look down.”

Charlie first started fundraising for the Barking and Havering University Hospitals NHS Trust to give something back after his wife Marian was treated for breast cancer.

Mick Ferris

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