Thirty intrepid volunteers will be abseiling down Brighton’s iconic vertical pier, the i360, on 21st September to raise funds for the Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans branch. This will be the biggest event in the local charity’s fundraising calendar and Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans is hoping to raise a whopping £15,000from this one spectacular event.

The Brighton branch of Samaritans is responsible for all their fund-raising throughout the year. The branch supports people in the city of Brighton and Hove, as well as along the coast to Shoreham to the West, Newhaven in the East, and overthe South Downs to the north including Burgess Hill, HaywardsHeath and Lewes plus the surrounding villages. In order to provide this vital service the Brighton, Hove and District branch needs to raise £75,000 a year to keep the branch open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

It is not only Samaritans volunteers taking part in this event; there are also heroic people from local businesses who are taking it upon themselves to step out of the pod at 162 metres in order to raise funds for the local Samaritans branch. There are fifteen people from One Family (www.onefamily.com) as well as nine workers from Legal and General (www.legalandgeneral.com) One courageous worker from local coffee company Small Batch (www.smallbatchcoffee.co.uk)

The event starts at 6.00pm with the first two people stepping out of the pod to begin the long decent at around 6.30pm. The organisers hope the last two fearless folk will be on their way down the ropes at around 9.00pm. Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans will be making sure there is a carnival atmosphere at the base to welcome them down and encourage the local community to come along to watch and show their support for the charity and all the abseiling volunteers.