How would you feel about stepping backwards off the UK’s tallest sculpture? This weekend, Moorfields Eye Charity supporters conquered their fears and went ‘over the edge’ of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in a thrilling free-fall abseil challenge.
The spectacular ArcelorMittal is 22 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty and almost six times taller than the Angel of the North, a fact that led one participant to describe stepping off the platform as “the most terrifying thing she’d ever done!”
However, all 29 abseilers took the plunge and were able to enjoy unparalleled views across London and the sporting venues of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The brave efforts of the 29 Moorfields staff, patients, friends and family have already raised over £9,000 for the hospital’s pre-eminent research programme.
Husband and wife, Ian and Tracy Martin, took part because of the care Moorfields provides to Ian’s father, who has age related macular degeneration. They said:
He would have lost his sight by now if it had not been for the treatment he has received and continues to receive from Moorfield's Eye Hospital. We are taking part to thank Moorfields, but also because the research to find new treatments for eye diseases gives us hope for him and for people living with sight loss all over the world.
Also taking part were Moorfields doctors, staff from the clinical research facility and from the pharmacy at the Moorfields St Georges and Croydon satellites.
Rob Aldous, Moorfields Eye Charity’s director of fundraising, said:
We are continually amazed by the many wonderful things that people do to fundraise for Moorfields and we are very grateful to the brave people who completed this challenge. I’d like to thank them all for their incredible efforts.