City Three Peaks Challenge
The Outward Bound Trust City Three Peaks Challenge in conjunction with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is a breathtaking abseiling endeavour on the greatest urban mountain range: The City of London.
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On Monday 7th September 2015, a select group of daredevil directors and bosses from SVG Capital, insurers Amlin and Lloyds secured the chance to abseil down three of the City’s most iconic buildings – 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie, 1,916ft down to the ground below.
This epic descent – the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time anyone has ever abseiled down these buildings before – raised life-changing funds for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity: transforming the lives of young people as well as serving and former naval personnel and their families in the UK.
Everyone who took part was gifted with an iON Air Pro Lite so that they could capture the moments as they dangled high above the city of London. Matthew Sanders, CEO of Brookfield Rose who raised £100,000 in sponsorship said
“It’s been an amazing experience and a real honour to be given the opportunity to help this extremely worthwhile cause, I was absolutely determined to raise the £100K for The Outward Bound Trust and, thanks to the fantastic generosity from all my sponsors, I’ve managed to achieve this ambitious goal and helped to make a genuine difference. I’d sincerely like to thank everyone who has helped me in any way they could. I’ve always prided myself as someone with a good head for heights but when I was I was at the top of The Gherkin, just about to step backwards into thin air, I must admit, I didn’t feel so confident! However, spurred on by the huge challenge and the life-changing fundraising effort, I’m glad to say that the whole exhilarating experience passed without incident.”
Collectively, the 40 participants that took part in the abseil challenge helped to raise over £4 million for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Kristina Fitzpatrick, project lead at The Outward Bound Trust, said: “This huge sum of money will unlock life-changing experiences for thousands of young people from all walks of life across the country through the work of The Outward Bound Trust.
“We work in partnership with secondary schools and colleges to deliver outdoor residential experiences, focusing on how skills and experiences can be transferred back into the home, school or work environment – raising aspirations and developing effective leaders.»