Friday 14 September marked just over a week since Team Haggie succeeded in raising more than £1,700 for The Children’s Literacy Charity, smashing our target and static-cycling 100 miles from the comfort of Haggie HQ (well, as comfortable as you can be on an exercise bike).
But it didn’t stop there. Last Friday, our very own partner – Damian Beeley – took on the monumental challenge of abseiling down the Leadenhall Building, aka “The Cheese Grater”, as part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Abseil Challenge. Returning for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2017, the challenge sees (hopefully) willing candidates abseil down one of London’s tallest buildings in the name of charity.
The challenge is said to require core muscle strength, a good sense of balance and nerves of steel, which a long and successful career in financial services PR is not renowned for providing. Thankfully, a team of experts from Mile End Climbing Wall were on hand to show participants the ropes (quite literally) and the abseil was declared suitable to anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy. Phew!
At 10am sharp, Team Haggie made their way down to the Leadenhall Building, marvelling at the sheer height of its 200m stature. Before long, bodies that – in size – resembled nothing more than money spiders began their downward descent, gradually growing larger to bear resemblance to something a little more human. Soon enough it was Damian’s turn, and as he descended the east wall Team Haggie were overcome by a sense of pride (and, admittedly, slight amusement) at the willingness and courage shown by our dear Damian. It was truly a sight to behold: for a brief few minutes, it was as if Spiderman had paid a visit to EC3!
Damian braved the Cheese Grater in aid of both The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and The Children’s Literacy Charity, an organisation that provides high-quality, one-to-one literacy intervention for underachieving children who need help building their communication skills and confidence. Having already donated £1,000 to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal for the honour of participating, once gracefully dangling from the 200-meter uppermost point, Damian succeeded in raising more than £250 for The Children’s Literacy Charity, thus enabling them to continue working towards their vision: to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their true potential.
Of the challenge, Damian said: “I hate heights, and I’m not built to be dangled at 629ft from a small rope; but charity is charity and I’m thrilled to have done the abseil for some really good causes”. When asked if he’d ever brave the Cheese Grater again, he said: “It was an unforgettable once(!) in-a-lifetime experience”. And who can blame him?
We’re all so proud of Damian, and would be really appreciative of any post-challenge support, which can be made following this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Damiansabseilingchallenge&isTeam=true
Keep your eyes peeled for more Haggie fundraising challenges in the near future!