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82-year-old's challenge to help Aylesbury Vale hospice

Lucy Lester jumped out of a plane for her 80th birthday, so the stairs aren't too daunting!

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:45pm 19th June 2020. 3-minute read.

82-year-old's challenge to help Aylesbury Vale hospice

A woman from Wing has taken on another challenge for a Buckinghamshire charity.

After her triumphant fundraising effort when she jumped out of a plane over the Namibian desert the day before her 80th birthday in 2017, 82-year-old Wing resident Lucy Lester is taking on another physical challenge in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

Alongside caring for her husband Keith full-time, Lucy has held an Afternoon Tea at the Queen's Head in Wing for the past two years, and raised thousands of pounds for the Hospice.

This year, the coronavirus lockdown forced her to cancel her plans, and kept her cooped up indoors until Captain Tom Moore inspired her to do a new challenge.

Lucy Lester Table Mountain Challenge 1

Lucy said:

"I got very fed up sitting here doing nothing, and then these things came in from the Hospice about needing money and I thought, 'Well, I've got to do something!'

"Forty-two years ago I climbed Table Mountain for my 40th birthday, so I thought I would re-create that challenge by climbing my stairs 440 times which equals the height of Table Mountain, 1,086m."

"Someone asked me if I was going to do it all in one day, but I do need to remember that I had a stroke last year, so it's not a good idea! So I have been doing it over the month of June, and I am nearly at the top of the mountain.

"I'd like to raise £1,500, but this is a bad time for charity fundraising so I'm not getting my hopes up.

"We are up to £1,000 at the moment though, including a £50 contribution from my friends in South Africa with whom I walked up the real Table Mountain forty years ago, and a huge donation of £120 from The Little IT Company who look after my computer for me."

If you would like to support Lucy's fundraising, she has a justgiving page.

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