Sheffield abseil is tall order for 2012 Gamesmaker Rebecca

Owen Building, the Sheffield Hallam University tower bearing the Sir Andrew Motion poem What If? opposite the city's railway station.
Owen Building, the Sheffield Hallam University tower bearing the Sir Andrew Motion poem What If? opposite the city's railway station.
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SHE was one of thousands of volunteers who helped to make the Games, but helping London 2012 run smoothly is a walk in the park compared to a Sheffield woman’s latest venture.

Rebecca Roffe has signed up to scale the heights of one of the city’s most iconic buildings to raise cash for the British Red Cross.

The brave Banner Cross lass will abseil the 120ft Owen Building, the Sheffield Hallam University tower bearing the Sir Andrew Motion poem What If? opposite the city’s railway station.

The 30-year-old signed up for the feat fresh from her role as as a Gamesmaker at the Olympics, which saw her work 11-hour shifts in the thick of the boxing arena action.

Rebecca seated athletes and dignitaries and got the chance to rub shoulders with famous faces including former World Heavyeight Champion Lennox Lewis.

Inspired to help others she pledged to take part in the fundraising spectacle on Sunday October 28, and is now encouraging others to do the same.

Rebecca, who works for Sheffield law firm Nabarro, said: “It was such an amazing experience, and I am really glad we helped to make the Games run so smoothly with such a brilliant atmosphere. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

“I have an abseil to keep my mind focused now.

Max Newton, community fundraiser for the Red Cross in Yorkshire, said: “We’re incredibly excited about this event. It’s a thrilling and daring abseil down one of Sheffield’s most iconic Sheffield buildings. You don’t need to be an adrenaline junky - it’s open to everyone who, like Andrew Motion, might be thinking What If?”

To sign up for the abseil visit www.redcross.org.uk/steel, email mnewton@redcross.org.uk or call 0114 242 7379.

Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaRoffe to sponsor Rebecca.