Sparkie Kevin still raising cash after 450 ft hospital abseil

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A SPALDING sparkie is still pulling in cash for charity, six months after a daredevil 450ft abseil down the side of Guy’s Hospital Tower in London.

Kelvin Goulden, boss of Horseshoe Road electrician firm KA Goulden, completed the challenge for the Anthony Nolan charity and has almost reached his £2,000 fundraising goal.

The cause is close to Kelvin’s heart because he worked at London’s Westminster Hospital in the mid-70s and befriended a little boy who was in a germ-free isolation ‘bubble’ following a bone marrow transplant.

Kelvin (60) has tried and failed to find out what happened to him.

Kelvin said: “I was informed that a TV programme was going to be made about him and that I could help with the electrical supplies for the film crew.

“The programme was going to be titled ‘The Boy in a Bubble’, but unfortunately I missed the broadcast.

“Later when the lad had been freed from his bubble, he was in a small side room and obviously bored silly from being on his own with morale at rock bottom. The nurses asked me to sit and chat with him to help with his recovery.”

That memory spurred him on to complete the abseil – and he took on Guy’s Hospital after previously tackling the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

He says it’s the biggest abseil in Europe for non-professionals and described it as “absolutely fantastic”.

He added: “I would like to thank the many local people and companies that have so kindly sponsored my efforts.”

His London abseil also raised £210 for his Rotary club at Holbeach.

nTo donate visit www.justgiving.com/kelvin-goulden or call 01775 719900.