Rotary club members from Bexhill and Hastings area scale 02 Dome to raise funds for charity

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Dome Walk 2 SUS-180211-113550001

Bexhill Rotary President Graham Forster rose to the challenge to climb London’s O2 Dome in aid of the Rotary charity End Polio Now .

He was joined by 47 other Rotarians including the President from Senlac Rotary.

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Dome Walk 1 SUS-180211-113435001

The challenge started with a sign away your life form followed by a safety video and demonstration of how to get into the safety harness and bad weather clothing .

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Richard Harrison, from Bexhill Rotary, said: “The Climb Leader tightened each harness and hobbling out they were all ready to go.

“With a £500 harness clamped to a half inch steel wire, and one hand sliding it up the other hand gripping a one inch thick cable steadying you, they had, step by step, to climb the 30 degree gradient on a bouncy rubber black ribbon suspended some 20 feet above the O2 Dome canvas.

“Graham decided to try and sneak a picture on the way up but got spotted by Hawkeye leader Ross and had his phone removed.

“Phone recovered at the summit, Graham needed a picture eating a fruit corner yogurt in order to collect some £150 sponsorship from the challenge set by Rotary District Governor Brenda Parsons.

“It was time for the descent which was harder than the ascent – you could see where you might fall .

On a more serious note of course President Graham completing the climb raised over £500 for End Polio. This figure will be trebled by Bill Gates of Microsoft fame.

“If the other 47 have done similarly well in sponsorship then this will have been a very successful day.”

For more information visit www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs.

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