It wasn’t until she received the abseil as a Christmas present that Gail Lalljee thought about actually taking on the terrifying challenge. The London Orbit, built as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012, is the highest sculpture in the UK, and offers the highest freefall abseil at 262 feet.
Gail will be doing the challenge on 15 May. Her daughter who will be offering moral support from the ground.
Gail, who works for Let’s Do Business in Hastings, decided that, if she was going to take on such a big challenge, she would like to raise money for worthwhile causes at the same time. She will be raising money for BHT’s Finding Futures Project and Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice service for Sussex.
“I have had the honour and opportunity to work with the learners at Finding Futures. This unique project offers a chance for adults with multiple and complex barriers to learning and employment to change their circumstances through education. My work at Finding Futures has opened my eyes to the courage that the learners of Finding Futures, and many others like them, have to make to turn around their lives.
“Abseiling down the London Orbital is similar to the challenges that those learners face everyday…. I will have to really push myself to face my fears. I can only imagine that this is but a small challenge compared to what the learners’ have to face to make this difference to their lives, something we take for granted. The funds I raise will be used to fund special projects and educational trips and events for the projects learners.”
Gail has set herself an ambitious target of raising £700 across both charities. She has set up Just Giving pages for both, which can be found here: