Gherkin challenge is a step up for Stevenage work colleagues - Credit: Archant

Staff from a Stevenage building society office have been scaling the heights for a good cause.

Branch manager Mary Petley and colleagues Joe Burton, Natalie Forecast, Daniel Howes and Michael Murfitt joined former workmate Paul Johnson to raise a total of £1,381 for the NSPCC child protection charity, which included a contribution from the Leeds Building Society.

They collected in the cash after joining other fundraisers to climb the 38 flights of stairs, totalling 1,037 steps, to the top of 30 St Mary Axe – better known as The Gherkin – in the City of London.

Mary, who organised the challenge, said: “The toughest part was managing 15 more steps up to the highest level at the end, to toast our success with a glass of bubbly in the champagne bar!”

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