Chris Eubank Jnr among iDrop abseil participants

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Brighton boxer Chris Eubank Jnr has been announced as one of the 32 Rockinghorse supporters to take part in the iDrop charity abseil challenge from the British Airways i360.

Joining him for the event on Saturday 17 March is 007 stunt woman Gemita Samarra, an 85-year-old daredevil grandmother, a 14-year-old former patient of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit and a mother whose newborn daughter was cared for at the unit.

More than 140 people applied for the 32 places and we have been overwhelmed by the personal commitment shown by the applicants, many of whom have connections to our beneficiary partners the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Rockinghorse chief executive, Ryan Heal said, “Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded a place in the first-ever iDrop charity abseil at the British Airways i360. We are so grateful to all who put themselves forward for the challenge, and really do appreciate the wonderful support we’ve received so far. Every single penny raised by the participants will be donated to our Trevor Mann Baby Unit appeal in Brighton, of which many of those taking part have, or have had, personal experience.”

The iDrop charity abseil will help us to raise funds for a new specialist X-ray machine for premature babies at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. Consultant neonatologist Dr Ryan Watkins, from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, said, “As one of the top neonatal centres in the UK, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the world-leading treatment we offer. A new digital imaging system is available which would completely change the way in which we can treat our tiny patients. We are keen to provide the new X-ray facility as soon as possible as it will immediately lead to quicker results and better treatment.” To find out more about the appeal, please click here.

Chris Eubank Jnr is just one of the participants now preparing to abseil 450ft from the British Airways i360 pod to raise funds for this essential piece of equipment. He said, “I’m looking forward to taking on the iDrop abseil challenge in Brighton, my hometown, for a truly great cause. Rockinghorse is a fantastic children’s charity and I look forward to partnering with them on this challenge – abseiling definitely isn’t something I’m used to, but it’s a challenge I’m ready to take on for sure.”

British Airways i360 was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. The iDrop charity abseil will be operated by Belay Rope Access with support from Henderson Insurance Brokers, Marlow Ropes in Hailsham and Skylotec UK.

We’ll be bringing you news and profiles of all the other participants taking part, very soon – watch this space!

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