Everyone likes to do their bit in aid of raising money for charity, none more so than us here at P & I. This year on the 2nd of August 2015 we had two members of P & I Generators volunteer to abseil down the side of the famous Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
We had two of our key members of staff, Ashley Benfield our Service Control Manager and Michelle Lewis our Sales Administrator, volunteer for this opportunity.
Both Ashley and Michelle raised money on behalf of ABF (Army Benevolent Fund) The Soldier’s Charity. ABF do amazing work in offering lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and all of their loved ones. For seventy years ABF have also offered financial help as well as emotional support. Helping with anything from bursaries to educational support.
On a bright sunny Sunday morning on the 2nd of August, everyone from the P & I family made their way to Gunwharf Quays to watch our two brave volunteers make their way down the tower and to enjoy a company breakfast.
Michelle made her way down the tower quickly with Ashley following shortly after, from the spectators at the bottom it took Ashley a great deal longer to reach the floor again than it took Michelle.
Ashley said “I was extremely nervous at first. The craziest bit for me was taking my other foot from the platform and placing it onto the outside of the tower, I really thought I was going to die. However, when you start making your way down the tower you realise how amazing the view is and how proud you can be of yourself and everyone for raising so much money. It doesn’t stop me being extremely happy and relieved that my feet where safely on the floor once again”
Both members of staff raised large amounts of money for ABF, in the ball park of seven hundred pounds together. ABF are currently looking for volunteers to take part in abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower 2016 if you want to get involved, please do get in touch.