Demelza supporters raise over £10,000 as they take on UK’s highest freefall abseil

27 July 2017
On Sunday 23 July a group of 44 brave fundraisers took on the epic challenge of abseiling 80m off the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in London to raise over £10,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Standing at 114m high, the ArcelorMittal Orbit designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor, is a truly spectacular, unique and iconic venue set within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.  It stands higher than the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben and is twice as high as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The majority of the group had never abseiled before.  Abrar Ahmed from AXIS Europe Plc, one of the charity’s corporate partners said: “We are delighted to have raised almost £3,000 for the Children’s Hospice. I have no doubt it will be put to great use.  It was an incredible experience and I would certainly do it all over again! Sign me up for the skydive next!”

Other companies taking part in the challenge included Inner Circle Consulting, based in London Bridge and SMC Ford.  

Tamsyn Clark, Demelza’s Director of Marketing and Communications, who also braved the challenge on Sunday with three other members of the Demelza care team said “It was an incredible experience and I’m so delighted to have been part of this fantastic group raising money for Demelza. We rely so heavily on the generosity and commitment of people taking part in challenges like this to raise the £10.5m we need annually, we just couldn’t exist as a charity without them!”

Money raised from the challenge will go towards supporting the 650 families supported by the hospice in SE London, Kent and East Sussex.