Friends of the Cancer Centre's abseil reaches new heights raising £110,000 to support local people
Posted on July 02, 2019
Local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre, is pleased to announce that its 5thannual Take On The Tower abseil has raised over £110,000 and all of the money raised will help support local people with cancer and their families.
Over one weekend in May, 267 people took part in the Take On The Tower abseil, abseiling 190ft down Belfast City Hospital’s famous yellow tower block and raising sponsorship to support the charity’s vital work. Thanks to event sponsorship from local home heating company, Warmflow, all of the money raised will enable the charity to enhance care and support for local people with cancer.
Claire Hogarth, events & community fundraising manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre said:
“This was the fifth year of our Take on the Tower Abseil and we were delighted to raise the phenomenal sum of £110,000. This could enable Friends of the Cancer Centre’s team of ten nurses to provide 4,400 hours of specialist nursing care for local people with cancer. Everyone at the charity is overwhelmed by the response from the local community, many of whom put on their superhero costumes and completed the abseil challenge, helping us make such a difference to so many families. Huge thanks also go to our event sponsors, Warmflow, for helping us make the Take On The Tower Abseil such a success."
Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, is one of the leading cancer charities in Northern Ireland working to support cancer patients and their families through key projects in the areas of clinical care, patient comforts, and research. Friends of the Cancer Centre is currently funding 34 additional staff in the Cancer Centre, including doctors, nurses and researchers and the charity is committed to raising at least £5 million over the next three years to fund on-going and new projects which will continue to support local cancer patients.
Brian Beattie, Head of Marketing & GB Sales at Warmflow Engineering Company Ltd., is delighted that the company’s support has made a difference. Brian said:
“Warmflow has been supporting Friends of the Cancer Centre for a number of years and we were delighted to sponsor the Take on the Tower abseil again in 2019. The challenge of abseiling down Northern Ireland’s 4thtallest building and the superhero theme really seemed to grab people’s attention. We were thrilled to hear that such a huge amount of money was raised as we know it will make a big difference to Friends of the Cancer Centre.”
Friends of the Cancer Centre next Take on the Tower abseil takes place on Sunday 11thAugust. To find out more or to register, please visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com or call 028 9069 9393.