County council staff 'climb Everest' for Comic Relief
In 2009, a team of celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief. Yesterday morning, a team from Gloucestershire County Council repeated the challenge - in the warmth and safety of Shire Hall.
They expected the relay challenge, up the buildings many stairs, to take them all day, from 8am to 5pm but, with more climbers on the team and having completed it at 1.30pm, they decided to take it a step further. Or rather 538 steps further, to take them to the peak of Everest.
A team of 15 council staff, including chief executive Peter Bungard and leader Councillor Mark Hawthorne, took part in the stair climb to the council chamber.
To complete their original stairway climb to the peak of Kilimanjaro, the team needed to climb the 36 steps a massive 1,075 times. The trek to the peak of Everest will take them a whopping 1,613 steps.
Mr Hawthorne said: "This is a great cause and I'm very happy to be doing my bit. Good luck to the team, I imagine there will be some very sore legs in the office on Thursday."
Mr Bungard added: "As ever, I am very, very proud of our staff for showing innovation in everything they do, including charity fundraising. I look forward to doing my bit."