Abseil for George’s Raises £50,000!

18 March 2022

After an agonisingly long wait our three-day abseil event finally returned last week.

On Thursday Group Chief Executive, St George’s, Epom and St Helier University Hospitals and Health Group, Jacqueline Totterdell kicked off the event by going over the edge of the Pelican Hotel, describing the experience as ‘exhilarating’. Jacqueline was followed by over 120 #TeamStGeorges fundraisers, from hospital staff, former patients, friends/family of patients, and members of our wonderful south west London community.

The abseilers were treated to incredible views across London with so many iconic London landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Eye and of course the Shard, visible from the roof of the Pelican Hotel before they abseiled down 13 floors to cheers and applause.

Not all of our abseilers were treated to such views! By Friday afternoon the clouds had descended over the London Skyline, the blue skies had gone only to be replaced by blustery winds and heavy rain.

A huge shout out to some of the St George’s Midwifery team; Frances Dennington, Trudy Williams, Alice Perry and Reverend Berni Excell (of St Mary and St John Divine in Balham) who braved the worst of the wind and rain to complete their abseil challenges.

On Saturday the sun returned to greet our abseilers and the crowds that accompanied them. Local community members Sana Jafri, Nimah Zaidi, and Kamar Omar set the standard with their roaring crowd and colourful signs cheering them down the Pelican. Saturday afternoon saw past and present current Broomwood Hall pupils taking on the 13 floor abseil.

Many of the former had returned to south west London from schools across the country just for the event. They were fundraising in memory of their friend and classmate Izzy Wilson for the fund created in her memory. Izzy’s Dad, Strahan Wilson closed the event with one of the speediest abseils we saw across the whole Abseil for George’s event.

We’ll be sharing some of our awe-inspiring stories over the coming weeks, unfortunately we won’t be able to share everyone’s, but we are incredibly proud of all those who took part and so thankful for your fundraising.

If you or a friend/relative/colleague abseiled last week, please share any photos and videos you have. We’d love to see them; you can email them to charity.social@stgeorges.nhs.uk

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