A charitable group from a Northampton-based builders’ merchant have scaled the Express Lift Tower for local charity The Lowdown.
Staff from the Travis Perkins builders’ merchant joined workers from The Lowdown and other volunteers to abseil down the lift tower. They raised £13,000 for the charity.
Many of the volunteers who took part were dress in superhero outfits including Batman and the Incredible Hulk. 56 people completed the challenge and raise much needed finds for the charity will offers free and confidential counselling, information and support services to 12-25-year-olds.
Property and facilities manager at Travis Perkins, Chris Sayers, came up with the idea for the event and was the first person to abseil down the lift tower, dressed as Batman. He said: “This is something I wanted to do as a personal challenge so I thought it would be good to combine it to raise funds for the charity.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking at the top but it was really exhilarating and its a fantastic achievement.”
Lowdown honorary president Jan Jourard also took part and abseiled down the tower. The 69 year old said: “I wanted to do it because of my absolute passion for the work the charity does and I think it’s important to lead from the front.”
Charity director Dawn Wright said: “It’s such an inspirational event and the support we have had for it has been fantastic. The fact that Travis Perkins has done this for us is incredible and the amount of money we have raised will make a huge difference to the charity and help to save and change lives.”