Join Rik to climb London’s iconic Gherkin for children in need

London's Gherkin.
London's Gherkin.

A businessman, who had knee surgery at the start of the year, will climb one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers to raise money for children in need.

Richard Batsman, of Lidlington, will be climbing 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin on Sunday, September 6 where he will enjoy views of the capital from the exclusive Searcy’s bar - normally only open to private members.

Richard Batsman, of Lidlington, is doing the Gherkin challenge for the NSPCC.

Richard Batsman, of Lidlington, is doing the Gherkin challenge for the NSPCC.

The 53 year old, known as Rik, who is taking on the challenge in aid of the NSPCC, said: “I decided to take part in the NSPCC Gherkin Challenge because it is a very worthwhile cause. I also had knee surgery in January and have recovered well and this will put that statement to the test.

“To train for the Challenge I’ve been doing plenty of walking. We live in a hilly area and I am using the stepper in the gym. I love working out, so it’s all good.

Richard will be taking on the challenge with hundreds of others but there’s still time to sign up. To entice people along there will be a free massage and glass of champagne at the top of the tower.

Register at www.nspcc.org.uk/gherkin, or sponsor Richard at www.justgiving.com/R-Batsman.