A team of brave volunteers abseiled 148 metres down the BT Tower today - Monday 10 March - to raise money for Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
The team - including intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls, TV presenter Helen Skelton, ex-Lion and rugby world cup winning former England player Ben Kay, former England rugby player Martin Bayfield and Olympic and World Champion swimmer Mark Foster – abseiled down from the 29th floor of BT Tower in a daring drop to raise money for Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charity Trust Fund via BT’s MyDonate online fundraising site.
The abseilers were joined by BT CEO Gavin Patterson, six former military staff who now work at BT and Major General Ed Davis CBE on behalf of the Royal Marines. Executives from Premiership Rugby also took part.
The event kicked off a year of celebrations for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines, during which the Royal Marines Charity Trust Fund (RMCTF) aims to raise £6 million.
The abseil forms part of Sport Relief’s fundraising activities in March. Money raised will be shared between the two causes and all those taking part have undergone rigorous training with the Royal Marines, who will be in charge of the abseil on the day.
Helen Skelton, TV presenter said: “Walking backwards off the BT Tower is certainly going to be intimidating but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and if we are with the Marines, I am more than confident we will be in safe hands.”