Sunday, 11th September saw 40 risk-takers come together to descend the mighty heights of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower – all in the name of charity.
The event was a fantastic success bringing together staff and representatives of local businesses, also testing his courage on the day was TV personality and Checkatrade ambassador – Big Brother’s Craig Phillips.
While during his time on Big Brother Craig certainly faced his fair share of challenges, descending the 170m landmark, which is taller than Big Ben, is perhaps one of his greatest!
Speaking of his daredevil descent, Craig said, “I have worked with Checkatrade for a while now and I am continually impressed by not just the great service they offer consumers, in helping them to find a trustworthy trades person, but also by their commitment to raising money and supporting in-need causes. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and it was great to see so many people turn up”.
On the day the weather was perfect, offering the plucky abseilers outstanding views of Portsmouth, the Solent and beyond as they made their descent down the tower, cheered on by their supporters.
Together the group have raised nearly £8,000 for the Lighthouse Foundation which works to support the victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the money will also be used to help women and children at risk of a life of trafficking, offering a safe home, clothing, medical care and an education.
Devastating the country, the Nepal earthquake left thousands dead or injured and hundreds of thousands more homeless. It is hoped the money raised from the abseil will go to support the area’s children’s home along with general relief efforts.
This is just one of a series of fundraising events that Checkatrade hosts throughout the year, the company is committed to supporting those in need.