More than 100 daring fundraisers threw themselves off the side of Coventry Cathedral, collectively raising about £50,000 for charity.
The Myton Hospices held its first charity abseil on Saturday, October 20.
The event had been postponed because of high winds, but that did not stop 126 people from taking on the challenge a week later. The cheers of friends, family and passers-by – as well as the prospect of a drink afterwards for some – helped even the most nervous to make their way down.
Myton staff were among those taking on the challenge including nurses, doctors and members of the Fundraising and Retail teams, and the charity’s mascot, Monty Bear.
The charity’s assistant events manager Rebecca Richards said: “Our first abseil was an incredible success, especially as we had to postpone the original event.
“Throughout the day people were sharing their stories and experiences of Myton with us, and how Myton has touched so many people locally – it was heartening to hear about how loved Myton is!
“We had hoped to raise £35,000 in sponsorship and cannot believe that we have exceeded this by so much!
“The money will make a huge difference to the people who use our services, and their families.
“Thank you to everyone who took part or sponsored those taking part – we could not have raised this fantastic amount without you!”
The charity also thanked Coventry Cathedral and Eight Point Two for facilitating the abseil, and to all the volunteers who took part.
Myton is bringing the abseil back on March 19 next year and is urging people to sign up at www.mytonhospice.org/abseil