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Abseiling and stair-climbing buildings for Guy’s Cancer Centre

05.07.16 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, Staff stories, Supporter stories

'It feels good to know that you are doing something for where you work, and acknowledging the good work that staff do.'

St Thomas’ staff member Alison Thompson has been fundraising hard over the last year to raise money for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

By abseiling down various hospital buildings and climbing others in the first ever Guy’s Urban Challenge event, she’s raised a fantastic £965 – thank you Alison!

Alison works as Team Secretary for Essentia, the in-house provider of non-clinical services for Guy’s and St Thomas’. But it was working in her previous role that was one of the major inspirations behind her fundraising.

‘When I first joined the Trust I worked as a receptionist within the Dimbleby Cancer Centre at St Thomas’,’ says Alison. ‘I witnessed first-hand how hard the staff work to support patients and their families, often in distressing situations.’

As well as this, Alison says that her personal connection to her stepdad’s experience of skin cancer is a big factor. 

Alison's challenges

Alison abseiled down a hospital building at King’s College Hospital in 2015. Later that year she went the opposite way by climbing the stairs of the world’s tallest hospital tower as part of Guy’s Urban Challenge, an event at Guy’s Hospital which involves a run, a bike ride, and the gruelling climb.

Having loved the abseiling experience, she signed up for two more of our abseil events in 2016 – one down the front of St Thomas’ Hospital and one down the Cancer Centre.

‘I love abseiling and the feeling you get as you go over the top and take in the fantastic views of London,’ says Alison. ‘It’s a great experience, you are well looked after and supported to raise money.

‘The atmosphere for Guy’s Urban Challenge was fantastic. Everyone was cheering us on, which helped to give that extra boost when needed at the end of each challenge. My favourite part was the run up the tower to receive a warm welcome, my medal and a cold glass of Prosecco!’

Amazing generosity and support

Alison adds how much she’d like to thank her family, friends and work colleagues who have helped her raise such an incredible amount for Guy’s Cancer Centre.

‘It’s amazing how generous people are when they know what you are doing and what you’re raising money for,’ she says. ‘I’ve fundraised four times now and everyone still donates and supports me.’

If you've been inspired by Alison's abseil, or you'd like to get involved in fundraising for Guy's and St Thomas', you can find out more here

Above image: Alison and her colleague, Radek, after completing Guy's Urban Challenge 2015. Above right image: Alison abseiling over the edge of Guy's Cancer Centre