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Will you be abseiler 237? Towering success of hospital abseil sees it reach its fifth birthday

26 March 2018


It might be tricky lighting candles at the top of the Southend Hospital tower block, but this year marks the fifth anniversary of the Tackle the Tower abseil challenge, which during that time has seen 236 people rise – or perhaps that should be descend – to the 154 ft challenge.

That's a total height of 36, 344 feet, or the equivalent to almost 25 Empire State Buildings tall, which has seen over £85,000 raised for around 30 different wards and departments. So, are you up for the challenge in 2018? 

This year's event takes place on Saturday 12 May and participants must be 16 or older, not that age is a barrier as previously there has been an abseiler in their 80s.

Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager, said: "We are back by popular demand and can't wait to get to the top of the tower block again. There's always a great atmosphere at our abseil event; it's a brilliant day, with lots of cheering and support for the brave participants. The towering success of the abseil is something our team are really proud. Registration is now open so sign up today by calling the team on 01702 385337."