Charity fundraising legend reaches new heights in latest challenge

4 October 2013        

Lloyd Scott MBE

Celebrated charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott MBE, is climbing The Gherkin in an antique 1940s deep sea diving suit weighing 140lbs.

The climb, up 38 floors and 1,037 steps, is expected to take at least six hours. It's part of Britain’s Personal Best Big Weekend.

He is taking on this incredible challenge to raise funds and join us in the fight against heart disease. His father and grandfather have both suffered from heart problems.

Lloyd has also struggled with his own health problems as he has battled a rare form of cancer, but he says that undertaking different challenges keep him positive and drive him on.

I wanted to take on this challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for my favourite charity.


Lloyd said: “I’m always striving to push myself to the limit and wanted to conquer The Gherkin in an antique diving suit to prove that anything is achievable if you set your mind, heart and soul to it.

“One of the biggest problems is the weight of the suit, as it will be difficult to gain any momentum whatsoever. It really is a case of one slow step at a time and lifting the 140 lbs 1,037 times!

“I wanted to take on this challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for my favourite charity – the British Heart Foundation – to fight against heart disease, but also to inspire others to join in.”

Lloyd has raised over £5m for charity. His best known challenge was completing the London Marathon in his diving suit in 2002, taking 5 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds – a world record for the slowest marathon time ever recorded.

In 2014 Lloyd intends to complete the ultimate “Iron Man” challenge for us which will include a world record vertical marathon attempt. 

Show your support for Llyod on his challenge.