83-year-old man has been climbing 60ft tree in his garden to raise money for NHS

  • Chris Easom
  • June 19, 2020

83-year-old George Harding usually spends his time trekking, walking or cycling. However, with recent restrictions making these difficult, he has been climbing the 60ft fir tree in his garden everyday to raise money for the NHS.

Mr Harding, a volunteer at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, undertakes various fundraising activities for charities close to his heart every year. Mr Harding said: "I have been so impressed with the NHS in recent weeks and wanted to do something. I usually do a physical challenge every year and have climbed Kilimanjaro before and walked the Great Wall of China, but because of lockdown I couldn’t do anything like that.

I was looking out the window and the idea just came to me.His climbing, which he does at the bottom of his garden, will also raise money for two charities, The Forever Friends Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.