Daredevil accountants aim high as they test their nerves for charity

Daring accountancy staff from Moore Thompson are planning to abseil more than 250 feet down The Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

A total of nine colleagues from the firm are hoping to overcome their fear of heights by tackling the task on 22 July 2017, to raise money for the Moore Thompson Charity Fund CIO – the firm’s in-house charity –  which this year is supporting two local causes Lives and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Organised by two of the Fund’s trustees, Emma Wilson and Laura Grimer, the event will also see Louise Feaviour, Julie Green, Kirsty Holmes, Michael Sellars, James Walsham, Hannah Watkins and Jordon Wingert join the duo for the nerve-wracking descent.

Speaking ahead of their abseil attempt, Emma and Laura said: “We are really excited, and also fairly scared, to be taking on this challenge but we have high hopes of raising lots of money for the Fund so it will all be worth it in the end.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind us and give what they can so that we are able to help wonderful local causes.”

Descending from the top of The Orbit will offer the team incredible views of London, but the team have admitted that they are more likely to have their eyes closed than enjoy the view of The Gherkin, St. Pauls Cathedral, Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium.

Mark Hildred, Managing Partner at Moore Thompson, said: “What the team are doing is immensely brave and I would like to wish them the best of luck next year with this tough challenge. I hope that this event raises significant funds for important local causes.”

Moore Thompson raised more than £2,600 through a number of charity events and sponsored activities in 2015, which it donated between local branches of Cancer Research and the Princes Trust.

If you would like to support the Moore Thompson team as they take on The ArcelorMittal Orbit, please make donations at www.mydonate.bt.com/events/mtabseilchallenge/