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Schofield in tower block challenge

TV presenter Phillip Schofield has turned daredevil as he bounded down the side of a London tower block to raise thousands for charity as part of a TV challenge.

The host of This Morning abseiled down the exterior of ITV's headquarters overlooking the Thames during his efforts to broadcast continually for 24 hours.

Schofield braved a drop down 22 floors on a rope while a brass band played the 12 Days Of Christmas below him and a crowd chanted: "Phillip, Phillip."

He had also been set the task of remembering a number of objects held by celebrities as he plummeted past a number of storeys, and after recalling each of them he managed to raised £12,000.

The star admitted he was finding the experience a little hard to take, as he told viewers during the descent: "This is freaking me out now."

And as the relieved presenter came back down to earth he loosened his harness and confessed: "It's a bit tight on my crackers."

Christine Bleakley embraced the star and told him: "You are fantastic - look at your cold cheeks."

His abseil and 24-hour live broadcast was part of the build-up to ITV's annual Text Santa fundraiser this month.

Schofield has also been a guest on Loose Women and was also presenting a weather bulletin during the day. He is due to finish his lengthy on-air stint at 11am tomorrow.

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