VIDEO: Sheffield daredevils take the plunge for charity

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Sheffield daredevils plunged 120ft down a landmark city centre building in the name of a good cause.

A group of adrenaline junkies scaled Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building and abseiled to the bottom to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Passers-by walking to and from the train station stopped to gaze up at the plucky participants as they lowered themselves down the building alongside its well-known Andrew Motion poem.

Cath Wheen, aged 48, of Greystones, raised more than £200 and was cheered to the bottom by her four-year-old son, Albert.

Cath said: “At the top I was shaking - I was really terrified.

“I’m not very good with heights so it was a big deal to do this. But I overcame my fear and I’m pleased to have done it for such a great charity.

Gael about to make her descent down the Hallam University building

Gael about to make her descent down the Hallam University building

“I felt pretty good when I got to the bottom - I was exhilarated!

“My little boy was watching and I could hear him shouting, ‘Well done mummy!’”

The abseil was organised by Challenge Events, a group comprising events management students from Sheffield Hallam University.

The team aimed to raise £5,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make It Better appeal.

My little boy was watching and I could hear him shouting, ‘Well done mummy!’

Participant Cath Wheen

Hannah Bowley, from the team, said: “So far we have exceeded £6,000 but we are hoping that’s going to carry on going up.

“We have gone way over our target so we are over the moon.”

Make It Better aims to raise £20 million towards improving the facilities at the Children’s Hospital. The appeal aims to fund world class facilities to create the best possible environment for sick children to get better more quickly.

FIRST PERSON

Normally I would find it rather enjoyable to admire the city skyline from a vantage point as good as the Owen Building’s roof.

But when you’re clinging onto a rope for dear life and about to swing yourself over the edge, it doesn’t enter your mind.

My knees were knocking as I braced myself for almost certain death.

My face must have been a picture as I put my life in the hands of a harness and shuffled a few centimetres down the wall.

Half way down the adrenaline kicked in - and it felt amazing. I’d recommend it - just don’t look down!