We are thrilled to announce that our brave group of St John’s staff, volunteers and friends completed their abseil on Saturday 11th August. Despite the windy and damp conditions, all 14 of them conquered the 100m descent with courage and in high spirits! A huge congratulations to all of you – the day was a triumph.
Here are some of their accounts of the day:
“I was very nervous prior to stepping over the platform, but once over I felt very secure and safe! It was a fantastic experience and a great personal achievement which was wonderful to combine with raising funds for a fabulous piece of sensory equipment. Everyone has been so generous with their donations!” – Jo
“When we first approached Spinnaker Tower, the enormity of the descent hit me. 100 metres sounds tall when you say it aloud, but nothing compares to actually seeing the size of the tower in person! In that moment, it was all so real after months of planning and fundraising. I thoroughly enjoyed the abseil – It was a great thrill and I am so proud to have completed it alongside my wonderful and supportive colleagues.” – Kirstie
“I thought it was an amazing experience. Our team were brilliant – so supportive and encouraging and most important of all, between us, we raised a tidy amount for the Tovertafel at Moorside. I loved it!” – Teresa
“An amazing experience with a great team! It was exhilarating and all for a good cause. I can’t wait to do it again!” – Deborah
So far they have raised over £1800 to purchase and install dementia sensory equipment for Moorside Nursing Home. This equipment will improve the lives of our Care Home residents living with dementia as it encourages and enables them to connect with others and the world around them.
Check out some photos of our abseilers in action by visiting our gallery here.