Spinnaker Tower Abseil To Raise Funds For Local Hospice

Abseilers pose for a group photo at bottom of the Spinnaker TowerSt Barnabas House is offering challenge seekers the opportunity to brave an abseil down the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Sunday 24 March 2019.  

Soaring 555ft above sea level, abseilers will be able to witness breath-taking views over Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent before descending 320ft.

Sophie Henderson, Events Officer at the hospice, said: “The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben, and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain.

“We are offering supporters a unique opportunity to abseil down the tower and you can take advantage of our early bird registration fee for only £35!

“All we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £250 which covers the cost of the abseil and helps to fund the specialist palliative care we provide both at the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ own homes across the local area.”

St Barnabas House has cared for thousands of patients and their families across the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas over the last 45 years.

It costs the hospice over £6.5 million a year to provide all of its care services and only 21% of that is government-funded, meaning the majority has to be raised through voluntary donations and fundraising.

Sophie added: “We can give you lots of support to help you raise the sponsorship and you don’t need to have all the money in before the abseil.”

Cancer survivor abseils down Spinnaker Tower

In 2017, an inspirational lady from Worthing raised over £860 for St Barnabas House by abseiling down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Jacqui Campbell, 59, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 and underwent surgery to have most of her right lung removed.

Having previously supported St Barnabas House through volunteering at fundraising events, Jacqui decided to take on the 320ft descent in April 2017 to raise money to support the hospice’s care services.

Jacqui said: “When the abseil came up on my Facebook feed, I thought it would be a challenge for me. Having kicked cancer in the butt, I wanted to continue with my support for the hospice.

“The hospice has looked after several friends of mine over the years, it’s the most amazing place. Worthing doesn’t know how fortunate it is to have somewhere like St Barnabas.

“I’m lucky because I didn’t need St Barnabas; I’m here to talk about it. We’ve lost so many people who have had to go there and they’ve been so well looked after, so we just count ourselves lucky.”

Describing the experience, Jacqui said: “It was exhilarating! Scary, but exhilarating. I’m so pleased that I did it. I found stepping out at the top really, really scary and I did think, ‘Do I want to do this?’, but then I thought, ‘Just get on with it!’”

Could you be brave and follow in Jacqui’s footsteps by abseiling down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower on Sunday 24 March 2019?

Find out more or register at www.stbh.org.uk/abseil