PARENTS and nursery workers will scale an iconic London landmark to raise money in memory of a much-loved colleague who lost her battle with cancer last year.
A team of 20 parents and staff from Stretton Day Nursery, in Derby Road, will climb the O2 Arena on Saturday, May 10, to raise money for Cancer Research and the Still and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS),
It will be the second time a devoted team of fund-raisers have completed the challenge.
Last year, the group raised almost £6,000 to pay for the dream wedding of nursery worker Alison Hadfield, who passed away before she had the chance to walk down the aisle.
The money was instead donated to Cancer Research and SANDS, which Alison had previously fund-raised for.
The nursery’s manager Helen Eaton said repeating the event was a way to keep Alison’s fund-raising vision alive.
She said: “I think what happened to Ali has made us seize life. If you fancy doing something then it’s a case of seeing how we can do it rather than saying we can’t.
“We all miss her to bits but it is fantastic she was able to achieve so much and inspire us to do this.
“It’s great that our families and team have clubbed together again.”
Mrs Eaton, who had a long-standing fear of heights, said she hoped she would enjoy the sights the landmark had to offer.
She said: “I can’t remember much from last time because I was so focused about just getting up and down.
“I would like to think we will have nice views, dry weather and that we are not watching someone who is really poorly.”
Mail journalist Laura Hammond has also promised to join the team in climbing the icon.
The 28-year-old, who jumped at the chance to take part, said: “I can’t wait to take part in what will be an eye-opening experience. Doing it for charity makes it even more worthwhile.”
Anyone who would like to donate to the challenge can do so by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/climb-an-icon