As part of our on-going efforts to raise funds for our nominated charity Naomi House & Jacksplace Children and Young People’s Hospice, Cognito employee Donna Starling took to the dizzying heights of Reading’s landmark skyscraper The Blade, to attempt her first abseil.
Donna has always held a fear of heights and wasn't at all sure this was something she could do but said:
“This was a challenge I couldn’t refuse having learned about the work the hospice does to support children, young people and their families, through the unthinkable of a life-limiting illness.”
At 282ft, the view from the top of The Blade reaches right across Reading and beyond. Donna took a calm and steadied approach to her descent saying:
“It wasn’t going over the edge which was difficult (I had lots of support and instruction), it was the moment when I had to let go of the platform rail, entrusting the rope to support my weight that I felt the stab of fear. Once I got going it was an exhilarating experience and my sense of pride and achievement was enormous. More so when we smashed my team fund-raising target, raising £650!”
Donna reports she enjoyed the experience so much that she intends to repeat it next year, accompanied by her 13yr old daughter and aiming to raise twice as much to support the amazing work the team at Naomi House and Jacksplace do.