Stars abseil London BT Tower for Sport Relief

Helen Skelton abseils down the BT Tower in aid of Sport Relief Image copyright PA
Image caption Helen Skelton was one of those abseiling the London landmark

A 30-strong team including celebrities and Royal Marines have abseiled the BT Tower in aid of Sport Relief.

They went down 148m (485 ft) from the 31st floor of the London landmark for the challenge, which also raised funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

The group included former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, adventurer Bear Grylls and swimmer Mark Foster.

Skelton later tweeted: "Great Monday morning! @sportrelief thank god the marines were at each end of the rope."

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Image caption Former England rugby star Martin Bayfield took part in the Sport Relief challenge

Skelton, who now works as a presenter for BT Sport, spent five years on Blue Peter, during which she canoed down the Amazon, performed a high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station and travelled 500 miles across Antarctica.

She ended her stint on the long-running children's show by attempting the Royal Marines Yomp - a 30-mile march across Dartmoor with a 32lb backpack under eight hours.

The abseiling team also included former Lion and England rugby World Cup winner Ben Kay, former England rugby star Martin Bayfield and six BT employees led by CEO Gavin Patterson.

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