A stampede of 120 steppers tackled The Broadgate Tower’s 35 floors on Saturday 28th February – and raised a massive £20,000 to help us make every moment count for supported families.
The Stair Climb was the first event of its kind for Shooting Star Chase and participants walked, jogged or sprinted up a total of 877 steps before reaching the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings to take in the breath-taking view of the capital at 541ft.
Our steppers donned Shooting Star Chase Friendlies’ t-shirts and fancy dress outfits, warmed up for the event with ex-GB athlete Jonathan Barbour, and were later treated to post-race refreshments from Gino D’Acampo’s My Pasta Bar and awarded a commemorative medal.
Emma Edwards, Challenge Event Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, said: “It was a fantastic day and we’re so proud of everyone who stepped up to the challenge of the Stair Climb and powered through to the top. We were chuffed to see groups of friends, families and colleagues of all ages take part, which included some of our corporate partners and mums, dads and siblings we support.
“Providing a range of care for the entire family during the toughest time of their lives is an absolute priority for us. The money raised by the Stair Climb is vital in keeping our service running and we can’t thank the participants enough for helping Shooting Star Chase make every moment count for children with life-limiting conditions.”
Thanaa Mehmood’s 11-year-old brother, Hussain, is profoundly disabled and is cared for by Shooting Star Chase. Thanaa took part in the Stair Climb and said: “We’ve been getting support from Shooting Star Chase for over ten years, and life without them would be so difficult. We get care in the home and short breaks at the hospices – and they don’t just care for Hussain, they support the entire family.
“Shooting Star Chase has done so much for us I decided to do the Stair Climb to give something back. Although the climb was really tough, it was such a brilliant experience and staff were cheering for us along all the way. Reaching the top of that building was like no other feeling and the view was amazing. I raised £630 in total so it was all worth it.”
The fastest stepper was Ralf Hascher, a competitive athlete who conquered The Broadgate Tower staircases in a super-quick 4 minutes and 7 seconds.
Check out all the photos from the Stair Climb and if you were a participant, see if you can spot yourself. And if you have ever fancied taking part in one of our challenge events, see what we have going on this year!