Over 120 brave volunteers abseiled down Lulworth Castle in Dorset on Sunday 26 April, helping raise over £9,000 for the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. The abseil was the first major fundraising event for the charity to take place outside Wiltshire.
SSIT Trustee Graham Waterton of Strutt & Parker was among the first group to descend the 70ft tower. “I was delighted to support the event,” said Graham, “and I admire everyone who undertook the challenge, many of them abseiling for the first time. This is our first major event outside the Salisbury area and we are thrilled that it was such a success.”
The event was organised with the expertise of the Army Abseil Team based at Larkhill. Heidi Stenhouse of Smith & Williamson commented: “I was incredibly nervous but the Army team really helped to calm my nerves. I was so relieved when I got to the bottom!”
By the afternoon, the dark storm clouds had passed and the wind dropped; the sun came out and the view from the top of the tower was quite spectacular. Volunteers could clearly see the Dorset coast making it a really special experience. “It really was the perfect venue for our event,” commented Trustee Victoria Holton. “Volunteers came with their family and friends and really made a day of it. We are so grateful for their support and for helping us raise so much money for SSIT.”