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Success for charity climber

Lloyd Scott
Lloyd Scott in his 10 stone diving suit

A charity fundraiser from Essex has climbed all 1,037 steps inside the Gherkin whilst wearing a 1940s deep diving suit to raise money for charity.

Lloyd Scott MBE wore the 140lbs suit as he climbed 38 floors on Saturday as part of his own Britain's Personal Best challenge.

The Gherkin
The gherkin in London Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor



The ten stone suit Lloyd Scott wears on his climb

During his climb up the Gherkin today, Lloyd Scott MBE is wearing at 1940s diving suit that weighs 140lbs, or 10 stone.

Lloyd walking the London Marathon in the type of suit he will be wearing on today's climb

The antique suit, complete with solid copper helmet, means that the cumulative weight Lloyd will lift during his climb is 66 metric tons.

Lloyd poses for the cameras in the type of suit he'll be wearing today

It's not the first time Lloyd has been seen in one of these suits however. He's completed a number of marathons in one, including the London Marathon in 2002 when he broke the record for the slowest time, taking almost six days to complete it.

He was also the first person to complete the 2012 Olympic Marathon Route, again wearing one of the suits. He was barred from competing in the actual race as it was ruled that competitors have to finish on the same day the race starts.

Air Ambulance to deliver 24-hour service

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The air ambulance's new helicopter Credit: Kent Surrey Sussex air ambulance

A new helicopter will serve as a 24-hour air ambulance for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The newer version of the helicopter based in Redhill will ensure the aircraft is ready for night flying in the late summer.

To prepare for the 24-hour service, the charity's specialist paramedic crew have already started delivering a medical service using a response car throughout the night.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, said:

"We have replaced one of our helicopters with a new version capable of night operations. While we are waiting for the necessary regulatory processes to be completed we have started operating by car during the hours of darkness."


More than 1,000 people brave cold for charity run

Chef Raymond Blanc dons scarf for start of OX5 race Credit: Steve Cottrell

More than a thousand people have braved the cold, chilly weather today to take part in this year's OX5 charity run at Blenheim Palace. The event is in aid of the Oxford Children's Hospital. The chef Raymond Blanc was there to start the runners off on their way around the course.

Five convicted in charity fraud

Five people from the south have been charged with concealing financial transactions and conspiring to defraud a charity. The group claimed to be genuine collectors for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. The verdicts follow an 18-month investigation. Sentencing will be announced later.

“This is good news for the charity. Hopefully, the convictions will deter people who might try the same deceptions. “But it is truly unfortunate that this sort of crime not only deprives genuine charities of much needed funds, but generates mistrust among the public towards real charity collectors. It is pleasing to see these convictions after all the hard work from police officers and the unlimited co-operation we got from staff at Marie Curie Cancer Care"

– Lyndhurst Detective Constable Giulio Pizzo
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