Scientists take on the dizzying heights of the Spinnaker Tower to raise vital funds

04 March 2014
abseiling down Spinnaker Tower
A team of eight scientists abseiled down the dizzying 94 meter Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. We are one of the charities that fund their research.

They took on the challenge alongside 21-year-old leukaemia survivor, Charlotte Hutchinson.

The team of scientists
scientist abseiling down the Spinnaker TowerThe team, headed up by Professor Geof Pilkington, is based at the University of Portsmouth.  

Children with Cancer UK awarded Professor Pilkington and his team a grant of nearly £200,000 for a new research project. They are developing a new approach to the treatment of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour of childhood.

Although 70 per cent of patients can be cured, the aggressive treatments leave many survivors with significant mental and physical disabilities.

Read more: Professor Pilkington’s research

Charlotte’s story
Charlotte abseilingCharlotte was 13 when she was diagnosed with leukaemia. In one day she went from being a normal sporty teenager having a routine blood test, to being taken by ambulance, blue lights flashing, for platelet and blood transfusions.

Charlotte never gave up hope. She is now at university and leads an active life. However, as a result of steroids she took during treatment she has developed a painful bone condition called Avascular Necrosis (AVN). Charlotte has had to have further operations.

Read more: Charlotte’s story | Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

How did they get on?
This was our first  Spinnaker abseil event  and it raised a wonderful £7,647!

This event took place on 1st March 2014.

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