I don't have a problem with jumping out of a perfectly good plane for charity, but I do have a fear of dangling from bits of rope at height! I've never done a bungee jump in my life, I've never been rock climbing, and when I went abseiling for the very first time as part of a school trip 12 years ago, I spent most of that shouting and swearing at everyone because I hated it so much; these days, the height I'm prepared to dangle at equates to that of the swings in your local park.
All that aside, given the amazing work that London's Air Ambulance service teams do for us, it's still surprises me that such a world-class service is provided and supported through charitable donations, and so I have decided to try and allay my fears in order to raise some money for this brilliant organisation by abseiling from the highest rooftop helipad in Europe.
As for why you should support London's Air Ambulance: Why not? As a proud Londoner, I had always hoped that my nearest and dearest, friends and colleagues, would never need to be in a position to need assistance from this service. Last year however, one of our railway family colleagues suffered life-threatening injuries on his way home from work, and had he not received treatment from the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance, he probably wouldn't be with us today to tell the tale!
This September, I will be going over the edge of the helipad that sits on the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel – a whole 17 floors up! Whilst it doesn't sound like a lot, the free hang aspect (no body contact with the wall!) means that I will be exposed to the elements and probably blown all over the shop, so apart from digging deep to donate to this wonderful and life-saving cause, don't forget that there's potential for comedy – and then there's the potential for London's Air Ambulance to save your life, or the life of someone you love, one day too.
Lots of love and thanks in advance,