Why Abseil the Spinnaker Tower for SSJ?

The Challenge

Next week eleven brave participants are undertaking a gigantic challenge for SSJ and will be abseiling the 100ft distance down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.  Whilst they will be able to enjoy unrivalled views of the city of Portsmouth and the Solent and breathtaking views of Portsmouth Harbour as they descend this iconic building, this is no mean feat!  The winds and  weather of late may make this challenge more difficult than those normally faced in August, however, a hot day may not make it an easier either; a 100ft abseil is not a simple challenge!

So why are they taking up this challenge?  In being sponsored for the charity abseil they will all be helping us to support the 4,500 disadvantaged individuals we work with in a personalised way; enabling us to provide person-centred interventions to help people learn the skills they need to help them on to brighter futures.


Colin’s Story

One of our participants, Colin, has joined TeamSSJ for this event as his wife Karen is manager of St James Care, our Care Home for older people with substance misuse and/or mental health issues.  He says

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“I’ve witnessed first hand (through my wife) the amazing work SSJ do to support people far less fortunate (but no less deserving) than people like myself. I believe the saying is ‘we are all only 3 pay cheques away from being homeless’.

Without organisations like SSJ many people would simply fall through the net and into a life on the streets. Alcohol addiction is clearly a massive unspoken problem in British society and had alcohol been invented in this century I’m sure it would instantly have been banned!


I work hard and I work for myself so it feels great to be contributing towards others in this instance.  I was fortunate enough to attend the first ever Christmas party held at the Spinnaker tower which was fairly self indulgent and extremely opulent so it seems to balance the scales by abseiling down the outside to put something back into society on a different level.”


We’d like to thank Colin for getting involved and if you would like to sponsor him you can do so on his JustGiving page here or by using his text code “EMNP92” and texting the amount you wish to donate to 70070. e.g. Text EMNP92£10 to 70070 to donate a tenner.
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