Over 60 daredevil fundraisers descend 262ft for Richard House

Published: May 5, 2015

Sixty-three supporters took on an abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit on Saturday to raise an expected £20,000 for Richard House. 

The fearless fundraisers descended the iconic 262ft structure in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium for the hospice.

Saam Amerat, whose 9 year-old son Abdullah uses the hospice, was one of the first to descend. He said: “I took on the abseil to raise money for Richard House, which is always there for my family. The staff look after our son so we can get the rest that we need so we can keep on looking after him the best we can. They don’t just look after him, but they look after us, his siblings, and many families like us.”

Other people who took on the daring fundraising challenge included David Bickerton, regional managing partner at Clifford Chance, Richard House chief executive Peter Ellis (pictured with David) and volunteer Paul Ennis, who has raised over £3,575 so far.

Peter Ellis said: “The abseil was a certainly a hair-raising experience, but it was wonderful to see so many people come out and take on the challenge to support the hospice.”

Richard House fundraiser Emma Evans said: “Seeing Saam and so many fundraising abseilers taking on the challenge of descending the UK’s tallest sculpture is really inspiring. The money raised at exciting events like the abseil makes such a difference to families like the Amerats here at the hospice.”