Joe Beaver from Glasgow to take on the Gherkin Challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood

Joe Beaver from Glasgow is calling on other local people to join him in taking fundraising to new heights this year by entering The Gherkin Challenge and climbing 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin, one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.

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Taking place on Sunday 6 September, this unique challenge offers a rare opportunity to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the capital from the exclusive Searcy’s bar – normally only accessible to private members – whilst raising money to support the NSPCC’s work preventing abuse from ruining childhoods.

Joe, a student at Glasgow Caledonian University, will be one of hundreds of participants taking on the building which stands three times higher than Niagara Falls.

Joe, 40, who lives in Govanhill, said: “I decided to take part in the Gherkin Challenge as I used to work with a lady that now works for the NSPCC – she keeps me up to date with any volunteering opportunities. This is my first time fundraising for the NSPCC.

“To train for it, I’ve been using my university gym. I only started my training a few weeks ago. I also do a lot of walking where I can. I have lost over eight stone in a year since bariatric surgery and doing the Gherkin Challenge will be the ultimate goal. Completing this challenge will be the achievement of a lifetime for me.

“On the day I’ll be looking forward to the atmosphere. The Gherkin is an interesting building and I can’t wait to get to the top and get pictures of the view of London.”

NSPCC Head of Participation Events, Victoria Kellaway, said: “The Gherkin Challenge is a truly unique experience. Whether you choose to walk or run as part of a team or on your own, every step means we can help more children recover from abuse and find ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.

“Tower running continues to increase in popularity, so whether you’re looking to beat a personal best or climb at a leisurely pace, we’re encouraging anyone who is looking for a fun challenge to have a go and join our fight for every childhood.”

The entry fee for The Gherkin Challenge is just £20 per person or £70 for a team of four with a sponsorship target of £200 per person, which could help answer 50 calls to ChildLine. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy taking the stairs, there is the option to purchase a ‘Champagne Lift Pass’ for £60 or £100 for two.

There will be a complimentary massage and glass of champagne (or juice) waiting at the top for all ’Gherkineers’.

For further information or to register for The Gherkin Challenge, visit Registrations will be open until 23:59 on Tuesday 1 September.

To sponsor Joe, visit


For further information please contact Kelly Evans, Regional Communications Officer, on 01634 564 734, or email

Out of hours please call 07767 647 712.

About the NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit

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