A bright and merciful Saturday saw over a troop of adventurous abseilers clamber down the scaling heights of Leasowe Lighthouse last month. On Saturday, 17th September 2016, over 20 brave individuals rose to the challenge, raising an impressive amount of money for Autism Together.

A bright and merciful Saturday saw over a troop of adventurous abseilers clamber down the scaling heights of Leasowe Lighthouse last month.  On Saturday, 17th September 2016, over 20 brave individuals rose to the challenge, raising an impressive amount of money for Autism Together.

A shadowy figure, a giant of a building and a potent mix of fear and anticipation; this was the setting of our sponsored abseil down Leasowe Lighthouse.  I arrived on site at approximately 9:30am, 15 minutes after the first series of abseils began.  I was immediately met with the sights of our youngest superstars, Harri and Dylan, gliding down the building with ease.  All, of course,  without that crippling phobia that often seeps into an adult’s subconscious once you remind them that they are, in fact, willingly allowing themselves to abseil down one of Wirral’s oldest, globally known landmarks.

The staff at Leasowe Lighthouse immediately made us feel welcome, constantly reassuring us and spurring us on to complete the challenge.  Teas and coffees warmed and soothed the minds of worrying parents, families and friends who were preparing to watch their loved ones hang from a secure harness 33 feet in the air.  The atmosphere was electric, the support was immense, and a glimmering Autism Together medal was awaiting those who conquered that nauseating fear of heights.

All of our abseilers landed safely on their feet and, to date, have managed to raise an impressive £2478 towards our Respite Appeal.  This is a superb amount to raise – congratulations to each and every single one of you!

Inspired? If you think abseiling could be your next big challenge, get in contact with the Fundraising team at fundraising@autismtogether.co.uk.

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