COURAGEOUS nursery workers defied the elements to scale a London landmark for charity – after first being told conditions were too dangerous to climb.
Plans for the group of parents and staff from Stretton Day Nursery to climb the O2 Arena were thrown into disarray when wind gusts hit speeds of 37mph.
But disappointment turned to elation when they received the green light to climb the 52-feet-high arena when they fell to 33mph – giving borderline conditions.
The team raised £1,550 for Cancer Research and the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands).
Claire Beresford, an officer at the Derby Road nursery, said: “We felt gutted when we were told we couldn’t climb.
“But then we were over the moon that it went ahead.
“The wind was really quite strong and we were being blown about when we got to the top.”
It is the second year the group battled through bad weather conditions to complete the challenge.
More than £5,500 was raised last March when they braved snow and sub-zero temperatures to raise money towards giving terminally ill nursery worker Alison Hadfield her dream wedding.
But the money was donated to the two charities after she died before her could walk down the aisle.
Mrs Beresford added: “The view was a lot better than last year because it was lighter and calmer.
“Apart from being blown away it was very good and we got a lot of photos as well.”
Mail reporter Mark McKay, who had signed up for the climb, was unable to do so due to the delay.
He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to stay in London to take part in the climb.
“But I want to reassure everyone who’s sponsored me that I will be climbing in the next few weeks.”
Donations can still be made by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ClimbingAnIcon