Woman, 90, smashes fundraising target for NHS by ‘climbing a mountain’ on stairs

  • Chris Easom
  • April 19, 2020

As Captain Tom Moore, 99, continues to receive donations for his record-breaking garden walk, another nonagenarian has smashed her own fundraising target to help the NHS. On Thursday, Mr Moore completed his challenge of walking 25m lengths of his family’s garden in Bedfordshire to mark his 100th birthday on 30 April. The war veteran originally set out to raise £1,000 – but donations have now passed £18m. Now, Margaret Payne, 90, has surpassed her hopes of hitting £10,000 as she attempts to climb the equivalent of a Scottish mountain on her stairs. She says she started her challenge on Easter Sunday and thinks it will take her several weeks to complete. In a post on her fundraising page, she said: “I am planning to climb the equivalent of Suilven, 2,398 feet. Margaret’s revealed she first climbed Suilven in 1944 during World War Two, when she was 15, with her sister Elizabeth.