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Daring Gail Lalljee is gearing up to abseil the London Orbit Tower to raise money for BHT’s Finding Futures Project.
Gail is terrified of heights but has always wanted to abseil; it wasn’t until she received an abseil as a Christmas present that she thought about actually taking on the terrifying challenge.
The London Orbit Tower, built as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012, is the highest sculpture in the UK, and offers the highest freefall abseil at 262 feet. Gail will be undertaking the challenge on 15 May with her daughter, who will be offering moral support from the ground.
Gail, who works for Let’s Do Business in Hastings, decided that if she was going to take on such a big challenge, she would like to raise money for worthwhile causes at the same time.
Gail has set herself an ambitious target of raising £700 across both Finding Futures and Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice service for East Sussex.
I have had the honour and opportunity to work with the learners at Finding Futures. This unique project offers a chance for adults with multiple and complex barriers to learning and employment to change their circumstances through education.
My work at Finding Futures has opened my eyes to the courage that the learners of Finding Futures, and many others like them, have to make to turn around their lives.
Abseiling the London Orbital is similar to the challenges that those learners face everyday; I will have to really push myself to face my fears.