Skyscraper challenge hits fundraising high

Fri 15 December 2023

The Felix Project first ever challenge event – The Santa Stair Climb has raised over £75,000 to help feed people across the capital experiencing food insecurity.

The event, run in partnership with Canary Wharf Group (CWG), took place at the iconic One Canada Square building and involved over 300 people dressed in Felix green Santa hats and running vests climbing 1,031 steps to the 48th floor.

Participants included supporters and employees from many of the companies who support The Felix Project such as Morgan Stanley, Hello Fresh, Unilever and Qualiteach. There were also employees from CWG including CEO Shobi Khan who said:

“The Santa Stair Climb was a superb event which we were delighted to host at One Canada Square.  CWG has an ongoing partnership with The Felix Project, which aims to save quality, surplus food from going to waste and help feed thousands of Londoners in need. The money raised by the challenge will help feed so many people living in Tower Hamlets and across the capital this winter.”

Founder of The Felix Project also completed the climb, alongside Dan Byam Shaw, older brother of Felix. Dan completed the climb in around eight minutes and said:

"It was fantastic to take part in the first challenge, especially with so many people all supporting The Felix Project and what we do. Crossing the finish line was both satisfying and moving for me. We know 1 in 4 working parents in London are regularly struggling to afford to feed their families, so events like this are vital to help us raise funds and ensure we can be there to feed more of London's hungry this Christmas."

The money will enable to charity to deliver the equivalent of 217,500 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in London.