Open the champagne and crack out the party poppers! We completed our 170ft abseil and lived to tell the tale! It’s not every day you find yourself dangling off the top of a 16-storey hotel and the team’s reactions were somewhat mixed about the experience…
Our Thoughts on Abseiling
Was the abseil scarily fun or funnily enough pretty scary?
What was the most frightening part?
Kat: I’m not a very huggy person so El hugging me before she went was the worst part. Also, the thought that there might be no Prosecco left because I was the last one down.
Mariya: Moving any part of my body, but I thought I better get down quickly or the guy at the top might get bored and let go!
Dan: The scariest part was looking at Mariya and seeing that she was certainly not having a great time, haha!
Ben: Looking over the edge at the top was a mistake. It was a lot higher than I’d thought!
Eleanor: I expected it would be going over the top, but it was actually the anticipation. When we were walking up to the roof I was seriously regretting my life choices.
Would you do it again?
Ben: Yes, I know what it’s like now so it’s not as scary! Skydiving is next on my list.
Kat: Yep, next time I’ll do the Empire State building.
Eleanor: Definitely. I think I’ve got the bug for it now!
Dan: Only if something scarier was on offer!
Mariya: No, because I didn’t like it at all! I’ve got better things to do with my Saturday mornings than hanging from buildings…
What advice would you give to someone considering an abseil?
Eleanor: Do it, it’s amazing. Make sure to choose a building with window ledges where you can take a breather on the way down!
Dan: Don’t forget to strike a wicked pose for the picture and don’t let anybody drink your celebratory drink!
Ben: Don’t overthink it and don’t grip the rope too tightly because it hurts your hands!
Kat: Make sure to take in the view when you go down.
Mariya: To take in the view? No! My advice is to close your eyes until you feel the ground under your feet.
Did you feel like a hero?
Mariya: No don’t be silly! I got mocked too much afterward for just hanging there and being lowered down!
Dan: With the cape dancing in the wind as I enjoyed the view, I definitely caught a glimpse of what it might feel like to be a hero! (All I needed was a lady to rescue…)
Kat: I felt like I earned my drink more than most days.
Ben: If you can call it a hero, yes! I definitely faced my fears.
Eleanor: I felt very proud of myself but not as heroic as Dan who wore his cape all the way down.
Our Fundraising Results
With our friends, families, and colleagues behind us (well technically beneath us), we raised over £1000 for the hospice which we were delighted with. High fives all around!
Whilst we did something a bit scary, the team over at John Taylor are the real heroes. They’re the ones making an amazing difference to the lives of all the people they look after so we were very happy to support such a worthy cause.
We’re celebrating heroes all summer so watch this space for more heroic adventures!