AT the age of 83, Bourton on the Water resident Ruth Manning added climbing over the O2 Arena in London to her long list of achievements.

After donning her climbing gear and getting harnessed up, Ruth, accompanied by her granddaughter Kirsty, made the 365m journey to the summit, which sits 52m above ground level.

The achievement wasn't just that of a personal nature. Ruth proudly fundraised for the Sam Pilcher Trust for which she volunteers.

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The trust is a Gloucestershire-based charity helping children with cancer and their families living in the local area.

Ruth's incredible achievement raised £1,350 for the charity and she presented chairman Colin Pilcher with a cheque outside the shop where she volunteers.

These funds were gratefully received, especially in light of recent events which saw a porcelain Beswick tiger, a symbol of the charity, stolen from the charity shop just before Christmas.