Superheroes spotted abseiling down Liberty Heights!

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On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April, our 37 storey purpose built student accommodation in Manchester, Liberty Heights, was armed with soap stars Jamie Lomas and Anthony Quinlan along with many other fundraisers ready to tackle Humphrey's Heroes abseil.

With the help of specialists from Over The Edge (OTE) and Hannah Thomas (Events Manager at Central Manchester Children’s Hospital), the abseil has helped to raise money for the hospital’s ‘Time Saves Lives Appeal’. The appeal is aiming to raise enough funds to build an onsite helipad to aid those in critical need of emergency care.

You can find out more about the appeal below:

Hannah Thomas, Events Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, comments:

“A huge thank you to all the heroes who abseiled at the weekend, making the event such a huge success! After months of planning it was so exciting to see the event come together, and to see so many people face their fears in support of our Helipad Appeal. We could not have done this event without the support of our sponsors Sodexo and Liberty Living who kindly gave us access to their building for the day. There was such a great atmosphere throughout the day and I’m thrilled with the amount raised so far which will go towards such a vital project for our hospital.”

Best friends Jamie Lomas and Anthony Quinlan showed their support to their local hospital by bravely taking on the challenge, being in one of the first groups to head over the edge.

Jamie Lomas commented:

“Fundraising for charity is all about doing something out of the ordinary, and when I stood on the building’s roof and looked down I realised that we’d definitely set ourselves a challenge! The abseil really got my adrenalin running and was such an amazing day. I’m thrilled that we’ve raised money for such a wonderful cause and I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported us on the day.”

Anthony Quinlan added:

“I had so much fun doing the abseil at the weekend; it really was an incredible experience. The hardest part was the initial going over the edge, seeing that it was just ropes holding you up, but once I got into it, I loved it! Knowing the money me and Jamie have raised is going to such a worthwhile cause is such a good feeling.”

Fernanda Ferrer, General Manager at Liberty Court London commented:

"It was a great experience. I was absolutely petrified and did NOT look down once. There were 3 or 4 times (whilst in mid-air) when I had to pep talk myself to avoid an anxiety/panic attack. Sharing the experience with Lucy and all other Liberty staff was brilliant."

Karen Wickstead, Regional Facilities Manager at Liberty Living added:

"The teams from the hospital, OTE and Liberty Living worked tirelessly over the weekend to support the 75+ people who went ‘over the edge’ which included students, Liberty Living staff, doctors, nurses and patients’ parents from the hospital. For me it was quite an emotional weekend hearing some of the sad stories from those who have had to deal with family tragedies as well as offer support and encouragement to those who were abseiling down the 250ft drop. It's early days, however the hospital believes monies in excess of £40,000 will be raised towards the ‘Time Saves Lives’ appeal which is to provide a helipad to the hospital to reduce response times for children facing trauma.

There were a number of highlights during the 2 days including some celebrity guests who abseiled on the Saturday, as well as a whole host of people dressed up as superheroes ranging from Superman to a very large Hulk, however, for me it has to be the fact that more ladies went over the edge than gentleman!!" -

Take a look at some of our superheroes flying down the building below! Read what our soap star superheroes had to say about the event here.