Spinnaker Tower Charity Abseil - 9/4/16

Parkinson's UK are organising this superb opportunity to get some adrenaline flowing and raise funds for the charity.

In case you want to find out more go to http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/emirates-spinnaker-tower-abseil

I've signed up to do it so if you, or someone you know isn't doing this or anything else you'd rather donate towards, please consider visiting my just giving fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Spinnaker-Ken-Dewhurst

I hope I haven't broken any rules or caused any concerns by making this post.  If I have, please let me know.

Thank you


Hi Kendo,

This sounds like a fantastic challenge. Please do let us know how you get on!

Best wishes,



I've watched a few videos of others taking the plunge.

Everyone wears a video camera on their helmet so there will be no hiding my emotions on tbe way down.

Oh Ekk

I may need to rename myself  Ken Doh

Kendo - you're much braver than me! 



The day has arrived and I really must get some more sleep. I'll post an update after my drop slot at 11.30.

When Gift-Aid is added on the total is currently just under £1,500.

I'm going to enjoy remembering that every foot I descend will be raising £5. 

Apparently the safety rope can only be used to slow you down, not speed you up.  

Thank you whoever designed the abseil systems.

Good luck and enjoy the view to all those taking part.


Hi Kendo,

Best of luck! Have a great abseil - if you can.

Thanks for your support. We'll look forward to your update.

Best wishes,


Moderation Team


Hi Kendo - Brilliant what you are doing to help raise money for Parkinsons. Praise goes out to all who are taking part and a big  resounding 'THANKYOU' from everyone

All the best - Sheila

Hope it all went well! I am doing the Guildford Abseil in June so have read with great interest...

Well done on the £1,500 sponsorship money - I need to get a move on to boost what I raise!

I am going to advertise my abseil at my local train station - where I am going to run up and down the stairs (at least 9 times a session!) to build up to the 249 steps I have to climb to get to the top of the Cathedral Tower!

So if Kendo has inspired anyone to have a go at abseiling, then join me in Guildford in June!!


All fine inc sunshine.  Great time and great PDUK team.  Video link from head cam


and from the ground



Wow! Well done!! Big boost to PUK funds too!!


Hi Kendo,

Those videos are wonderful; you are so brave! It's great to see the support you got both high up in the air and on the ground.

Thank you so very much for raising all of that money; it's appreciated!

Best wishes,


Moderation Team.


Well done Ken. Great vidoes. Looked really scary as you stepped off the platform,

And for your next trick . . . .?




Amazing. Watched your videos. You are so brave. Well done.

Not brave, just lucky I know I have no fear of heights provided I have a secure rope and another more sensible soul is stopping me going too fast with another rope.

Looking back at the videos I realise just how fortunate I was to get the timing of my Parkinson's medications spot on for this drop. Funny how the Parky foot shuffle in reverse almost looks like I'm moonwalking on purpose. So buzzed by the experience I wanted to go again right away. Didn't happen as the adrenaline rush triggered the next OFF phase 2 hrs before my next meds.

For bravery,  look at Julie's video who was in the line behind me.  She was much braver than me to face her fear and overcome it.  It's on YouTube at  https://youtu.be/H-orMFoiJe8