Accountants face their fears to raise money for charity

At 250 feet high The Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is one of the more extreme abseil locations in the UK, but this hasn’t put a team of accountants from Moore Thompson of descending down the building to raise money for charity.

In total eight colleagues from the firm, which is one of the leading practices in the East of England, took part in the challenge to raise money for the Moore Thompson Charitable Fund CIO – the firm’s in-house charity.

Organised by two of the Fund’s trustees, Emma Wilson and Laura Grimer, the abseil saw Louise Feaviour, Julie Green, Kirsty Holmes, Hannah Watkins, James Walsham and Jordon Wingert swap their smart suits for a harness to enjoy fantastic views of the Capital from one of its most unique viewpoints.

Having completed the challenge, Emma and Laura said: “We are delighted with the efforts of the team and while it was fairly terrifying dangling from such a large London landmark, it was definitely worth it for the amount of money we have managed to raise.”

By taking part in the abseil, the team of colleagues managed to beat their original £800 goal, by raising £860 to date for their in-house charity, which itself supports a number of local causes each year.

Mark Hildred, Managing Partner at Moore Thompson, said: “Everyone at the firm is really proud of what the team has managed to achieve and we have been very impressed with their bravery.

“Last year we managed to raise around £3,000 for charity through events such as these and this year we look to be on our way to raising even more.”