Spire Homes and Keepmoat team aim high to raise money for slum communities
Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Communities
All the volunteers who helped raise over £2000 doing the challenge
Staff and Board Members at Spire Homes joined with staff from Keepmoat Property Services to test their head for heights by taking part in an extreme abseil to raise money for Homeless International.
The team of ten took a leap of faith from the Northampton Lift Tower on 16th August and have raised over £2,000 for the charity. At 418ft, the lift tower currently stands as the tallest permanent abseil structure in the world!
Fundraiser organiser and Director of Business Services at Spire Homes, Lynn Stubbs commented: “We wanted a challenge that would really test us and the lift tower abseil certainly did that! It was pretty scary so we want to thank everyone that showed their support and made the fear and anxiety worthwhile.
“Some of our team have seen first-hand the incredible difference Homeless International’s work makes to people living in slum communities by helping to provide a decent home with access to clean water and sanitation – the basic things we all take for granted. They help local people to improve their own lives - it really is a fantastic charity.”
Mike Edwards, Property Services Managing Director at Keepmoat said, “It’s quite daunting doing something you haven’t done since you were 15, but it was a great experience and all for a fantastic cause. Being so high up and being left to manage your descent down the side of a building is scary but exhilarating at the same time. It was great to do the abseil with Spire Homes and we look forward to doing many more charity events in the future.”
Homeless International supports partners in Africa and Asia who are working with slum communities to improve lives and find lasting solutions to urban poverty. They are the only UK charity devoted to the challenge of housing and basic services in slums.