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'Over The Edge' For Charity

21 April 2015

Nine plucky Costain colleagues are going over the edge for the Costain 150 Challenge*.

On May 4, they will be abseiling 100m down the side of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the spectacular south coast landmark that’s taller than the London Eye, Big Ben and the Blackpool Tower.

Sarah Blackmun, PA; Alex Vaughan, Managing Director, Natural Resources; Gary Mayo, Commercial Director, Water Sector; Jenny Tompkins, Head of HR Operations; Paul Starkey, Head of Legal; Jote Rai, Solicitor; and Beth Piper and Nicola Smart, Receptionists, all work at Costain House in Maidenhead. Fiona Ware, Engineering and Operations Director, is based at Costain Natural Resources’ head office in Manchester.

Fiona, from Bury, Lancashire, says she agreed to do the abseil without first googling it: “I’m now wondering why I said yes – I’ve never done anything like this before and am feeling rather nervous!”

But she is determined to raise as much money as she can. “The Costain 150 Challenge charities are important to me. I lost a good friend aged just 40 to cancer, and know friends and families whose lives have been blighted by heart disease. Putting myself through a testing afternoon is a small thing to do if I can help to raise money to prevent these things happening to others in the future.”

Also admitting to a few pre-abseil nerves is Sarah, from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, who came up with the idea for the fundraising feat. “I’m terrified of heights and am really not looking forward to stepping out over the edge! Nevertheless I wanted to do something challenging to help raise money for what are four great causes.”

*The Challenge, which will commemorate Costain’s 150th anniversary, involves raising £1million in 2015 for the Costain Charitable Foundation’s four chosen charities – the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, youth charity The Prince’s Trust and Samaritans.




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