Hospice trekker and Bury St Edmunds Santa tells of the moment he fell off Indian cliff

Tony Kite during his trek to India earlier this month
Tony Kite during his trek to India earlier this month
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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.”

Tony Kite

Tony Kite

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.

Rita Munns from Newmarket, Tony Kite from Bury St Edmunds and Robert Childerhouse from Weeting

Rita Munns from Newmarket, Tony Kite from Bury St Edmunds and Robert Childerhouse from Weeting

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.