RISE Do Vertical Rush

The RISE Team Manage to Complete the Vertical Rush Challenge in Aid of Shelter

A few of us are feeling rather smug in the Rise office this morning, basking in the feeling of success and philanthropy. Yesterday 8 of us completed the Vertical Rush challenge in aid of Shelter. The challenge consists of running (and sometimes eventually crawling) up all the 42 floors of Tower 42, a conspicuously tall skyscraper. We panted and dragged ourselves up all the 920 steps of the 183 metre tower.

Emma Barrett (Design Manager), Katie Day (Project Manager), Nathalie Duncan-Sletten (Business Development Manager), Peter George (Associate), Nicola Mildwater (Office Manager), Anthony Sadeghi (Project Manager), Gareth Stapleton (Director) and Hannah White (Office Assistant) were all part of the team.

We started to train 6 weeks ago. Our in house personal trainer, Hannah, led gruelling sessions in the nearby Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where we ran, squatted, lunged, star jumped and ‘burpeed’ until the least fit ones in the team were left incapable of walking. With the training well underway we were left with the most important task of all, fundraising! Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness. This is a cause that is close to many of our hearts and we were delighted to be able to help. In Peter’s words “Shelter is a very worthy charity targeting people less fortunate than us who, if we are honest, we walk passed most days in London”. Many of our clients and friends were extremely generous and helped us reach and exceed our target. To boost our fundraising we held a cake sale in the Rise office last Friday 28th February where our very generous staff and neighbours helped us by indulging in the several cakes, cookies and muffins that were on offer. It also helped the Vertical Rush team to carb load before the event.

Despite all the training, as we reached the bottom of Tower 42 yesterday morning we were not short of nerves. A lively brass band and Bannantynes personal trainers helped us shake off the tension and warm up for the event. Then at 11:30 it was time to set off, and up we went. Already by floor 9 many of us felt like we were not going to make it. However we kept spurring each other on and shouting encouragements up and down the stairs. By the time we reached floor 20 we had completely run out of breath and energy and could barely speak. But ‘uber-fit’ Hannah kept us going by calling our names from the top. Finally we all made it, relieved by the sight of a bottle of water and a beautiful view of London on a splendid sunny day. After some coughing and spluttering we managed to congratulate each other on this fantastic achievement.

But more than anybody we have to thank all of you who have donated and who have made such a great contribution to this fantastic cause. We have now reached a grand total of £1680.52 and the donations keep coming in. A special thanks to our generous clients. You know who you are.

Nathalie Duncan-Sletten

Nathalie Duncan-Sletten

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