As he fell off the edge of an Indian mountain side fund-raiser and Bury St Edmunds santa Tony Kite thought ‘This is going to be interesting’.
“I came out of it with just a few scratches – but it could have been fatal. I didn’t realise it was only a 20ft drop – it could have been 200ft.”
The 75-year-old has been taking part in charity treks for the past 13 year’s but admits his most recent trip earlier this month to India – his ninth trek, was his most diciest yet.
Tony, who is now preparing for his role at santa at the late night shopping evening, has been fund-raising for St Nicholas Hospice in Bury ever since his son Steven died.
“It was 14-years-ago. He was married. His wife gave birth to their second daughter and a week after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.”
Steven died nine months later, aged 38.
Since then Tony has raised an estimated £30,000 for the hospice. He raises money both through sponsorship and car boot sales at Woolpit and Needham Lakes.
He is now preparing for his tenth and final trek – Kilimanjaro – which he is set to undertake in September.