The first ever abseil from the top of Douglas Head Lighthouse took place on Saturday (April 12) to raise funds for The Children’s Centre. Twenty-two took part, including MHKs Laurence Skelly and Kate Beecroft, with the fundraising total for the event expected to be around £5,000 when all the sponsorship money is collected.
Participants made the daring 80-foot descent after receiving expert instruction and training from The Children’s Centre’s MOBEX outdoor pursuits team. Permission to use the lighthouse was granted by the Northern Lighthouse Board and the owners of the two cottages at the foot of the lighthouse. Mark Eastham, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Children’s Centre, said:
“It was a great day and all of the abseilers did brilliantly following expert advice from our MOBEX team. Thanks to everyone who took part, and the sponsors who all contributed to such a fantastic fundraising total. We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Northern Lighthouse Board, and Jim and Maggie Shutler and John and Tina Mather who are the owners of the cottages, for allowing us to use such an iconic building.”
All proceeds go to The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects including Mobex, Out2Play, Child Contact Centre, Community Development and the Community Farm. The Children’s Centre has organised several abseiling events in recent years to raise funds – including descents from the top of the Strand Shopping Centre, the RBS International building in Douglas, and last year from the top of the Point of Ayre Lighthouse.
Saturday’s event was originally scheduled to take place on April 5, but it had to be postponed due to heavy rain and high winds. Eight fundraisers who had signed up for the event, but who were unable to take part on the rescheduled date, will complete their abseil challenge in May.