Liberty Heights Charity Abseil - Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016


Liberty Living staff are on a roll this month raising money for charity with staff taking part in a triathlon on the 17th April and abseiling down Liberty Heights in Manchester on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April.

Liberty Heights is a high rise, 37 storey purpose built student residence building constructed in 2010. Abseilers will descend from the 25th floor which stands at 230 feet high, which is believed to be the highest charity abseil ever to have taken place The event aims to raise in excess of £40,000 to support the Charity’s ‘Time Saves Lives Appeal’, which is to build a dedicated primary helicopter landing site at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The hospital has a dedicated 24 hour Accident and Emergency department and belongs to the Greater Manchester Major Trauma Centre Network. This means the hospital provides rapid access to treatment and rehabilitation for children following a life threatening or life changing physical injury. The appeal for an onsite helicopter landing site will ensure a better future for some of the most vulnerable children who have suffered very serious injury, and those requiring the very best care as quickly as possible.

Over the Edge (OTE) will supply rope specialists to host the abseil. The special events company was founded in 2006 delivering signature events for non-profit organisations throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. Participants raise donations for a non-profit in exchange for the once in a lifetime opportunity. OTE have successfully run over 450 events and helped over 30,000 participants go ‘over the edge’ to aid great charitable causes in local communities over the last 10 years. OTE have also helped Liberty Living handle all technical aspects of the event, provide insurance and ensure all safety laws are strictly followed. 

Saturday morning will see the participants gearing up for the challenge ahead; with the morning spent setting up the equipment on the roof and checking everything is in place. The first group of participants to descend will take place early afternoon with 4 people, on average, completing the abseil every hour.

Hannah Thomas, Events Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, is hoping that the first fundraisers ‘over the edge’ will be Manchester-based actors Jamie Lomas and Anthony Quinlan. The best friends have starred in popular British soaps, Hollyoaks, Eastenders and Emmerdale.

Over the course of the weekend, over 90 participants will be abseiling down Liberty Heights student accommodation block in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If you would like to donate to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, head over to their Just Giving page!

Good luck to everyone taking part!