8,848 m for charity as Nottingham business community get in step for BBC Children in Need

L-R: Franklin Ellis Architects team: Andrew Ellis, Matthew Branton, David Franklin, Andrew Shore, Kate O'brien, Josh Dobson.
Members of the Nottingham business community recently came together to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest by taking on 885 assents of the renowned park steps in The Park area of Nottingham, raising £2,000 for BBC Children in Need.
The challenge, which was organised by Nottingham-based Franklin Ellis Architects, was to collectively climb 92,040 steps in a 12-hour time period.
The target was smashed with participants climbing a total of 1302 assents or 135,408 steps, not only conquering the summit of Mount Everest, but also going on to climb the equivalent height of Ben Nevis whilst they were at it.
The event saw climbers arriving throughout the day on Friday 17th November from 6am right through to 5pm. A total of 48 climbers took part, including representatives from local companies as well as plenty of helpful passers-by and each climber ascended different heights dependant on fitness and ability.
When needed weary climbers were able to hang up their harnesses for short breaks at ‘base camp’, located half way down the steps, which offered food, water and seating for those wanting to give their knees a break from the treacherous climb.
Joe Taylor, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, was the official organiser of the expedition and completed a total of 152 assents of the steps on the day.
He said: “It was fantastic to see so many faces from across Nottinghamshire taking part in our Mount Everest step challenge, raising money for BBC Children in Need. All of the climbers pushed themselves to their limits and really got into the spirit of the challenge, and it was fantastic to smash our original steps target.
“I’d like to thank the Franklin Ellis Architects team for helping me to implement this event and to everyone who took part for their fantastic fundraising efforts. I’m sure there are a lot of sore legs still but I’m looking forward to making this an annual event so that we can continue to come together to raise money for important causes, like BBC Children in Need.”
All of the funds raised have gone towards the charity which supports UK-based projects that help children facing a range of disadvantages such as poverty and deprivation, abuse, neglect and disabilities.
BBC Children in Need spokesperson, said: “We are so grateful to Franklin Ellis Architects for supporting BBC Children in Need.  The money raised will go towards projects that work with children and young people who are affected by a range of disadvantages including those affected by homelessness, neglect, deprivation and poverty or young people who are encountering a serious illness or bereavement. Money raised really will make a difference to young lives, so a big thank you to everyone who took part.”
Franklin Ellis Architects, which will celebrate 25 years of business next year, has offices in Nottingham and Leicester and has worked on a number of high-profile schemes throughout the Midlands.