Jo takes on Gherkin for Childline

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A CITY woman climbed more than a thousand steps to raise money for a children’s charity – and scale London’s famous Gherkin.

Jo Baldwin accompanied 500 other intrepid ‘Gherkinneers’ to the summit of the city landmark on Sunday, MArch 4 as part of the NSPCC’s Step Change challenge.

The 1,037 step climb to the 38th floor of the Gherkin saw Jo, 37, raise about £1,400 for Childline.

Jo completed the challenge in just 14 minutes.

She said: “I took part because the company my husband works for has a charitable trust and they support the NSPCC and ChildLine.

“It was the first time I have entered and I hope to have raised about £1400. I would definitely do it again.”

Director of ChildLine Services, Peter Liver, said: “It was fantastic to see our supporters out in force taking part in the Step Change Gherkin challenge. Some of my colleagues raced to the top as part of a team of 25 to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th anniversary, and they’ve told me that although it was hard going at times, it was well worth it for the stunning views from the top and the knowledge it was all for a good cause.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, raising money for ChildLine in its 25th anniversary year, and helping us to provide a listening ear for vulnerable children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn.”

This is the third year that Step Change has been staged, and it is hoped that the event will raise £200,000 for ChildLine in its 25th anniversary year.