MT daredevils take a leap of faith in aid of charity

Moore Thompson’s team of daredevils have taken on The Orbit in London and abseiled down it to raise money for charity.
Moore Thompson’s team of daredevils have taken on The Orbit in London and abseiled down it to raise money for charity.

Eight colleagues from our firm recently overcame their fear of heights to raise money for the Moore Thompson Charitable Fund CIO – our in-house charity.

Organised by two of the Fund’s trustees, Emma Wilson and Laura Grimer, they were joined by Louise Feaviour, Julie Green, Kirsty Holmes, Hannah Watkins, James Walsham and Jordon Wingert.

Together, they took part in a nerve-wracking abseil down the AccelorMittal Orbit – a 114.5 metre (262ft) tall sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, on Saturday 22 July.

Emma and Laura said: “We were really excited to do it but also fairly scared to take on the challenge. The event raised almost £900 for the Fund so it was all worth it in the end.

Descending from the top of The Orbit offered an incredible panorama of London, but the team have admitted they were a little too preoccupied to 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 did was immensely brave and their efforts have raised significant funding for important local causes.”

Last year, thanks to the generosity of clients and our professional contacts we raised nearly £3,000 through a number of charity events and sponsored activities which meant we were able to help two local causes – LIVES and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

This year we are working harder than ever to raise money for three worthy causes – Anna’s Hope, the leading children’s brain tumour charity in the East of England, The Lincolnshire Autistic Society and Priory School, part of the Spalding Special Schools Federation, which is currently fundraising to help purchase a new minibus.