100 brave souls leap off 540 foot high Broadgate Tower to support Richard House

Published: September 18, 2017

On Saturday around 100 people took on the challenge of abseiling down Broadgate Tower one of London’s tallest structures at 540 feet. All to raise money for Richard House Children’s Hospice who support children and their families from East London and into Essex to lead as positive and happy a life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting illness.

One of the people taking part was Jerry whose son Myles, two years old, has short gut syndrome and has to have nutrition delivered via a Hickman line in his chest.

Jerry said after his abseil;

I had never done something like this before but wanted to take on something that would be a real challenge to show how much we appreciate the specialised care they give to Myles and the support my partner and I receive from Richard House.

The abseil was really scary at first but soon I felt exhilarated. I really was a fantastic experience.

When asked what was next for him, after much thought Jerry replied;

A bungee? Whatever I can do for Richard House, I will.

Myles is a regular visitor to Richard House and Kirsty Blair, Head of Care at Richard House said;

Myles is a little trooper and an absolute pleasure to be around. The children here are so positive and laughter often fills Richard House.

Those taking part included teams of people from Baker and McKenzie, Careys plc, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) , Marks and Spencer, Navigant, Positive Futures, many other supporting organisations and of course, committed individuals.

Zara who took part from the FCA said;

I was terrified at the top. Terrified when leaning off the building.  Then it all became a bit easier! But I was motivated by helping the children who are seriously ill and their families. It is a great charity, in East London and I would do anything to help children.

The support was welcomed by Richard House Chief Executive, Chris Baker, he said;

The support today was incredible. Funds such as those raised today, underpin all we do and ensures we can provide the necessary support to children with life-limiting illnesses and to their families.”

The needs of the children and their families from around East London will always remain at the centre of what we do and so we are very grateful for all the support here today.

As a charity Richard House services are free of charge to the families supported and the majority of their funding is thanks to the generosity of the public. This year Richard House needs to raise £3 million to continue to deliver clinical care, therapeutic and residential services to life-limited children and young adults, while supporting their families through therapy and bereavement support.