The Clock Tower Sanctuary, a day-centre in Brighton & Hove which supports homeless 16-25-year olds, ran its first charity abseil event at the iconic British Airways i360 tower in the city last Thursday 4thJuly.
The iDrop, run by Wire & Sky, took place on a sunny summer evening and saw thirty courageous individuals scale down the 450ft feet of the tower to raise money for The Clock Tower Sanctuary. Supporters included representatives from local businesses such as Metlife, Platf9rm, Coapt Ltd, BrightRock Games and Imex with the charity’s own Chief Executive Frances Duncan descending as the last flashes of sun coloured the sky. The event, which raised a staggering £12,200 for the charity, was a first for The Clock Tower Sanctuary and will be back by popular demand in the future.
Frances said: “It was an absolute privilege to abseil down the i360 with colleagues, friends and supporters of The Clock Tower Sanctuary yesterday. Yes, it is VERY high and yes, I was VERY nervous but it was so worth it.”
“We rely entirely on donations to keep our doors open and we’re so grateful for the support of the local community. Every single pound helps – £10 can pay for a young person to have a hot shower, enjoy a cooked meal and do their laundry in our day centre. The brilliant total of £12,200 will allows us to work with four new clients over the course of a year with the aim of helping them move from the chaos of homelessness to independence. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed.”
Before the event Sophie Lane from Imex said:“Thinking about it gives me butterflies but also… I’m excited!! Can’t believe how much everyone has raised, it is just amazing and makes me quite emotional thinking about how this will help The Clock Tower Sanctuary.”
The youth homelessness charity receives around 4,000 visits every year from 16-25-year-olds who are homeless or insecurely housed and has already seen 63 new clients in 2019 reinforcing the continuing need for their service. The day-centre provides practical and individual emotional support for young people when they most need it.
Adam, aged 23 was sleeping rough on Brighton beach, before being helped by the charity. He says: “With the help of The Clock Tower Sanctuary, I was able to find a career I can now train in. I’m now saving up for a deposit to move into rented accommodation. The Clock Tower Sanctuary believed in me and that feeling is priceless.”
You can donate to The Clock Tower Sanctuary here https://www.thects.org.uk/donate/