27 July 2017
Climbing to great heights for a good cause
Two brave Hanover residents recently proved they had nerves of steel by taking part in daring events, all in aid of charity.
Earlier this month a Chatham resident named Patricia was part of a 15-strong group who walked over the roof of the O2 in Greenwich via a 380m long fabric walkway. With steep 30° inclines each side plus a slight bounce to contend with, this was no mean feat for the 74-year-old, who also battles with an innate fear of heights. With the assistance of her Hanover estate manager, who advertised in a local newsletter and helped spread the word to other residents, Patricia raised £130 for Prostate Cancer UK. This was added to her family’s fundraising total of £6,711, which will be split between the cancer charity and Help for Heroes.
Patricia says: ‘I wanted to do the climb in memory of Roy, a much loved family member who passed away from cancer last year. My daughter first suggested taking part in the climb back in February, when we visited the O2 for a show. When I saw how steep and high it was I almost changed my mind! However we went ahead and bought nine tickets, with view to raising funds as a family.’
The whole experience took around 90 minutes to complete, with the group enjoying spectacular views of London from the observation platform at the summit. At this point Patricia’s fear of heights kicked in, so she chose not to wander around. The descent also proved quite difficult, with the views of the Thames being more visible from the other side of the roof. However, once the ground was in sight, Patricia felt a sense of relief and also one of achievement, having faced up to her fears.
Jackie, a Hanover resident in Gillingham, also braved the O2 roof last month and, in doing so, raised £80 for The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester. She gained fame as the first person ever to have tackled the climb in a wheelchair.
Jackie says: ‘I wanted to prove that, although I have a disability, I don’t consider myself disabled. I am very frightened of heights, so a friend came along as moral support and ended up taking part too! The experience has given me more confidence, as I had to put my trust in others to get me across safely.’
Never one to let fears get the better of her, Jackie has also taken on a tandem sky dive, the Medway Mile and climbed the rigging of a tall ship. In taking part in these events, Jackie raised a fantastic £960 for charity.
Angela Beerman, Hanover’s Director of People, said: ‘Having done this climb with my son for his birthday treat, I know how challenging it is and really admire Patricia and Jackie for conquering their fears and raising money for great causes.’