On the 16th June, a team of Vetlife fundraisers took on the UK’s highest freefall abseil as part of our own 2023 Vetlife Day event. The brave group of 25 took turns abseiling their way down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park – the UK’s tallest sculpture which stands at a towering 262 feet.
So far the group has raised more than £5,200 on their JustGiving page and hope to be able to reach £6,000 with more generous donations. The money raised will help Vetlife continue to provide vital support services for the veterinary community.
A team effort
Vetlife Donor Relations Manager Emma Helbert who took part in the abseil said:
“This was a pretty scary challenge, but we were thrilled to be joined by supporters from a wide range of organisations, all prepared to take themselves out of their comfort zone to raise money for Vetlife. It was brilliant team effort, and everyone got stuck in and cheered each other on.
“We were all buzzing from the sense of achievement. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and to all the generous sponsors who have helped us reach this fantastic total. Every fundraiser helps to keep Vetlife services available 24/7.”
Commenting on the abseil challenge, Vetlife Trustee Danny Chambers said:
“I’m always so impressed at the wide variety of activities take part in to raise money for Vetlife, but this is one of the most hair-raising! It’s a great way to have an adventure and make friends while raising vital funds to support our veterinary community.”
The Vetlife Day campaign was launched in 2022 in honour of the 30th anniversary of the Vetlife Helpline. The campaign aims to encourage the veterinary community to dedicate one day per year to come together and fundraise for this worthy charity. A Vetlife Day fundraiser doesn’t need to be as daunting as an abseil – participants can choose to take part however they like. From sponsored dog walks to bake sales, from quizzes to picnics, there’s something for everyone. Download the Vetlife fundraising pack here.
Support the fundraiser
Donate to the ArcelorMittal Orbit fundraiser here.