James Grazebrook, chairman of Halyard Marine has recently completed a 170m abseil down Portsmouth’s 550ft Spinnaker Tower.
James Grazebrook, founder of South Coast based marine exhaust specialists, Halyard, and four other brave RNLI committee members, Richard Acland, Alistair Groom, Marcus Trinick and Mark Waterhouse joined forces on Saturday 25 May to take part in the Spinnaker abseil to raise much-needed funds for an upgraded lifeboat station at Swanage.
In order to upgrade the boathouse for the arrival of the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, and a smaller D class inshore lifeboat, the project needs to raise £200,000. Together with improved training and changing facilities for the volunteer crew, this will create a state-of-the art facility, securing Swanage into the future.
The abseiling team have already managed to break their planned target of £10,000.
James said, "We have raised over £15,000 for Swanage RNLI. We all tackled this with varying degrees of terror over the preceding days. Walking out on the tiny platform at the top of the tower was incredibly exhilarating - the views, the sunshine, the tiny dots of spectators below. Stepping off into the void was difficult, but the actual descent was one of the most thrilling things I have ever done. Thank you so much to the hundreds who supported us all."
To contribute visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/spinnakerabseilers.
For more information on Halyard visit www.halyard.eu.com.