AN ELM Park student is to attempt climbing over the O2 Arena in his wheelchair for charity.
Grant Rose, 21, is taking on the challenge to raise money for the Havering Association for People with Disabilities (HAD), where he has been a volunteer for the last two years.
He is being accompanied on the 52m ascent by six volunteers from the group.
Grant said he is doing the climb on September 22 to challenge himself and raise money for a good cause.
He added: “I like challenging myself and challenging stereotypes.”
Grant has used a wheelchair since the age of nine or ten as he has a muscular condition that makes it difficult for him to stand or walk.
He is studying politics at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and said he is looking forward to his charity climb.
He revealed: “When I come back down I have to be lowered backwards and it’s quite a steep gradient and that will be nerve-racking.”
Around £500 has been raised so far for HAD, which works on behalf of people in the borough who have a range of physical and sensory disabilities and the people who look after them.
Clare Kelly, befriending and carers support co-ordinator, said: “We are extremely proud and grateful to our volunteers for taking on this challenge and help fundraise for HAD, especially Grant for tackling this climb in his wheelchair. They are all excited and looking forward to climbing over the O2.”
Cllr Stephanie Nunn, Elm Park ward councillor and Havering Council’s equality and diversity champion, added: “I am so impressed with Grant’s ’can do’ attitude. His wheelchair is not a barrier to him and it shouldn’t be to other people.
“He is a young and positive ambassador for HAD.”
To donate visit the charity’s fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/had.