Abseilers drop 540ft for seafarers in need

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1 Alastair Fischbacher, Sailors' Society Chairman, going over the edge low resOver 50 supporters of maritime charity Sailors’ Society came together last weekend to take on London’s mighty Broadgate Tower in an adrenaline-fuelled challenge.

The abseilers dared to drop the 540ft of one of London’s highest skyscrapers raising over £32,000 for Sailors’ Society. Clear blue skies and calm winds made for stunning views across the city, including landmarks such as the Gherkin, the Shard and the beating heart of London town – the thriving River Thames.

Among the 59 adventurous supporters were the Sailors’ Society’s Chairman, Alastair Fischbacher (pictured), who said: “It was fantastic to join together with other Sailors’ Society supporters for a truly unforgettable experience. Our merchant seafarers are the lifeblood of our industry and it’s good to be able to raise awareness of their welfare needs. The view from the top was great – as long as you didn’t look down!”

The event was sponsored by Reed Smith and T-shirts for the charity abseilers were sponsored by Clyde Marine Training. Funds raised will go towards Sailors’ Society’s work transforming the lives of seafarers and their families in need; at home, in port and at sea.