A 71-year-old daredevil and a mayor will be abseiling down one of London's tallest buildings to raise money for King George and Queen's hospitals.

Charlie Richardson, a volunteer at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust joined the mayor of Havering, Cllr Michael Deon Burton, to take on the amazing challenge on Saturday (September 7).

Together, they will be abseiling down the 33-storey Broadgate Tower, one of London's tallest buildings - a heady 504ft.

The challenge will raise money to go to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity to support the trust’s volunteer team.

Charlie, a grandfather of seven who lives in Romford with his wife Marian, said: “My family think I’m mad but I’ve got bolder as I’ve got older!

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“I love being a volunteer at the Trust, every day is different and when someone says thanks, you know it’s all worth it, so I want to raise as much money for the charity as I can.”

Charlie is no stranger to daredevil challenges. Last year, he did a skydive raising over £2,000 for the Charity. However, this is the first time he will be talking along a mayor!

Councillor Buton, Mayor of Havering said: “It’s quite a fear for me, however, Charlie is very convincing and although I might change my mind a second before stepping over the edge – I am looking forward to it. I’d encourage everyone to dig deep and support this worthwhile fundraising effort by sponsoring Charlie.”

If you would like to help Charlie in raise money for charity, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/charliesabseil