Super Hero Day 2018 kicked off in Liverpool with a free fall abseil from one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Never the type to shy away from a challenge and especially not one that supports a truly fantastic local charity, our Kate met up with fellow Super Hero, Simmo to take on the Cash for Kids Skyfall, a freefall abseil, 452ft from the top of the Radio City Tower, here’s how they got on……
I walked into town from Lime Street, dressed as Mrs Incredible for registration of the event I’d began losing sleep over about 3 weeks previously. My stomach was churning looking up at the big disc on the Liverpool skyline, knowing I’d soon be joining the rigging crew and more than 100 other fundraisers who’d taken on the Skyfall challenge.
Well technically I was duped into the abseil, my first one ever, by Jay and the team at The Guide Liverpool, but once I’d shook on it, I knew it was important to see it through. The fundraising team were out in force from early doors as the Radio City stage at Clayton Square sprung into life. With breakfast presenters Leanne and Dave at the helm, there were crowds amassing before the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke, complete in shirt and tie, made his descent down the tower, following Carole, Andrea, Katie and the Cash for Kids team.
Simmo and I had resorted to taking boomerangs, selfies and asking daft questions to pass the time and settle the nerves before climbing the rickety ladder through the roof hatch to do our pre-plunge training. As we watched LFC Chief Exec, Peter Moore, make his way over the edge, we got into position and posed for our last pics before slowly stepping out onto the ledge.
The scariest part of the challenge was actually the waiting around, the crew who got us into place were so good, the nerves soon melted away and before we knew it, me and Captain America (aka Simmo) were carefully placing our feet against the studio windows of Radio City and smiling for pictures, we even managed to stop twirling around long enough for a triumphant high five at about 300ft!
Having waved at people the size of ants, swooned at our stunning city from above and chatted about what we were doing over bank holiday weekend, we planted our feet firmly back on the ground and screamed like teens for what we’d achieved, with your help, for this amazing charity. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wing woman than Simmo, who had me howling laughing the whole way down. We both agreed we’d do it again in a heartbeat. There Skyfall challenge continues into Friday evening and Saturday (5th May 2018) and you can still show your support by heading to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/superkatejames and donating what you can.
Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our local community so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. The charity works tirelessly with fundraising volunteers to stage events throughout the year that make a huge difference to children and families in the north west who need it most. You can find out more about how you can take on a Cash for Kids challenge here.
On behalf of Simmo and myself, we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to absolutely everyone who has donated, who came down to watch and sent good luck messages for our Skyfall challenge. Also congrats to the Cash for Kids team, all the riggers and thank you Radio City for supporting this incredible event, that neither of us will ever forget.
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