The British Red Cross in Sheffield is organising the annual Steel City Abseil down the Owen Building (Hallam University) on Saturday 26th of October. Itâ€™s only Â£10 to enter with a goal of Â£100 or more to raise for the Red Cross. You can sign up here: www.redcross.org.uk/steel.
This Abseil is for everyone: for those who already abseil and for those who have never tried it before. Itâ€™s not only one of the best ways to challenge yourself (which is a great thing!) but itâ€™s also a chance to support the Red Cross and help us to make a difference to each and every one of our service usersâ€™ lives. So, thereâ€™s definitely no excuse for you not to sign up!
The British Red Cross supports people in any kind of crisis across Sheffield and Yorkshire: we run advice sessions and integration workshops for refugees and asylum seekers in our city centres, we loan out wheelchairs to residents, we send out volunteers in special â€œcampervansâ€ to people who have had housefires or floods, and we teach first aid and crisis education to young people. So, by doing the abseil youâ€™ll be keeping all these services running.
And if youâ€™re thinking that you have better ways to spend your Saturday, let me tell you that you donâ€™t! This is a great activity for you to do with your family and friends and itâ€™s also a great opportunity for the kids to learn a little bit more about the British Red Cross and the importance of its work. What better reason to step out of your comfort zone and conquer your fears!
Our abseilers all talk about feeling a sense of â€œmission accomplishedâ€ and, one of the highlights for a British Red Cross staff member who took part last year was, â€œthe look on peopleâ€™s faces when I told them what I was doing, and the feeling when I looked back up at what I had abseiled downâ€! â€œThe hardest part was getting over the edgeâ€, but the adrenaline, pride and accomplishment as a result was well worth the split-second of fear.
The challenge of the year â€“ and this oneâ€™s for YOU!
Written by Barbara Rocha (British Red Cross)