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Gib police officer celebrates raising over £7,000 climbing steps

Tony Gaul, at the foot of the Rock's famous steps.
Tony Gaul, at the foot of the Rock's famous steps. / SUR
  • Tony Gaul went up the Rock's Med Steps 24 times over two days to raise funds for causes in the UK and Gibraltar

A Royal Gibraltar Police officer swapped his polished boots for climbing shoes to complete a gruelling challenge in December.

Tony Gaul went up the Rock's Med Steps 24 times over two days - climbing over 10,000 metres and 76km in the process.

During the fundraiser, the 47-year-old dad of four raised a total of £7,365, which is set to be split between two good causes.

Tony, who is originally from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, and has worked as a police officer for five years, told SUR in English: "I felt extremely proud when I finished the challenge.

"The aim of the challenge was to raise a minimum of £5,000 to split between two charities, and we've smashed that.

"It feels great and I'd like to thank everyone that joined me and supported me on the challenge as it really helped me to keep going."

Starting at 7am each morning, each walk took around an hour to complete, with Tony finishing at 7pm each day.

The former soldier, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in 2012, explained that half of the money will go towards a young police officer (Gibraltar Defence Police) called Wesley Warwick, who had a serious stroke last year and who will now need a variety of equipment to become self-sufficient.

The other half of the money will go to the three-year-old daughter (Grace) of a police officer in the UK who has a rare medical condition (Hope for Grace).

One of only 17 people in the world with the condition, it caused her to have a number of life-changing seizures when she was first born.

Tony, who went into the army at 15 before joining the Royal Gibraltar Police in 2016, was joined on his first and last climb by Wayne, the father of Wesley Warwick.

Donations can still be made by visiting https://cutt.ly/YjbDmet