A big cheer for our iDrop daredevils!

The first iDrop Abseil event from British Airways i360 has raised an incredible £40,000 for our charity!

Twenty-nine supporters abseiled from the British Airways i360 pod, 450ft above Brighton, on Saturday 28 April, in the first iDrop Abseil event at the seafront attraction. The glass viewing pod was taken to its highest point and the participants abseiled down from the open pod doors to raise money for Rockinghorse.

Those taking part included the boxer Chris Eubank Jnr, two 14-year-old children, Jake Heal and Carlota Melo, and an 85-year-old daredevil grandmother Jeannine Brett. As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton and a vital supporter of the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU), everyone taking part had a connection to the cause.

Every single penny of the £40,000 raised will be donated towards the purchase of a specialist X-ray imagine machine to help treat premature babies at the TMBU. To find out more about our TMBU appeal, please click here.

Despite the unseasonably chilly weather, the participants took part with great gusto – Hassocks businessman Colin Brace, 53 came dressed as a baby, highlighting the event’s support for the TMBU, and two came dressed as Superwoman.

Welcoming the participants, Rockinghorse chief executive Ryan Heal, said: “The contribution you will make to the lives of sick children in Sussex will be felt for years to come – thank you and good luck!”

Following the event, he said: “Today has been an incredible day for Rockinghorse. Our first thanks goes to the British Airways i360 for inviting us to work with them on this project. Our abseilers then took up the challenge to accomplish this awesome feat. Together they have raised over £40,000 for our cause and the impact of those funds will be huge for the children in our city that need the most help. Huge thanks to everyone involved, a day for many to remember forever.”

British Airways i360 executive director Steve Bax said: “Our first iDrop Abseil event has been a fantastic success and the participants have already raised a huge amount of vital funds for Rockinghorse. We would like to thank the brilliant team at Belay Rope Access which operated the abseil, Chris Eubank Jnr for his support and every other person who took part today.

“We are thrilled with the response from the participants and the wider public, and we’re delighted to announce that we will soon be launching public abseil events – registration is now open on our website.” To find out more about the public abseil events, please click here.

Our sincere thanks to all our wonderful iDrop Abseil participants for their incredible bravery and amazing fundraising achievements!

Back to news