Public abseils Drake Circus car park for charity
On Saturday the Plymouth branch of the Samaritans gave the public a chance to get a different perspective on Drake Circus. A vertical perspective, that is.
The Samaritans hosted a charity abseiling event throughout the day, and for a minimum donation of £15, anyone interested could run down the outside of the building's car park.
The event raised funds for the local organisation, which is run and staffed by around 90 volunteers.
"Everyone involved are volunteers, but we need about £45.000 to run all our activities and an event like this goes some way towards reaching that goal," David Evans, Director of the Plymouth branch of Samaritans, said.
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"We have well over 50 people signed up for the abseiling and many of them are sponsored, so we have high hopes for the full result."
David Evans was taking part in the abseiling, and after reaching the ground from the top of the car park he spoke to thisisplymouth again.
"It was a great experience, except for that first step where you swing yourself out over the edge," he said.
Also taking part was Chris Scanlon.
"That first bit is really scary, and then I had a bit of trouble getting my feet right. I have a thing about heights, so I am really happy that I dared do this," she said.
Drake Circus is the only place in centre of Plymouth where it is possible to abseil. Greg Lumley, Centre Director of Drake Circus, was also taking a very different perspective on his work place by walking down the outside of it.
"I have had less eventful days at the office," he said.
"We have a strong focus on working with local charities and generally have one abseiling event a year. The Samaritans it is a great cause to support and that is why we chose to work with them this year," he added.
The Plymouth Samaritans work with anyone in distress who needs someone to listen, but particularly try to reach out to a number of of high risk groups:
- People in suicidal crisis
- People who self harm
- People supporting others in crisis
- People affected by the suicide of another