Donate for Taberner House charity abseil: Dec 6

There are some things that Taberner House is still good for, now that the council has moved its staff out and into the £140 million glass palace across the road.

Taberner House: A 250ft descent by abseil, and all for charity

Taberner House: A 250ft descent by abseil, and all for charity

The Croydon landmark is going to serve a purpose on December 6, providing a group of fund-raisers with the chance to abseil down 18 floors of the tower block for local charities.

Among them is 16-year-old Shannon Jackowski: “So, here’s the deal… I’m absolutely petrified and so I’d love it if all of you made it worth it by donating lots and lots of money!

“It’s all for a good cause so donate, spread the word or come down on the day and support me… Or catch me.”

The sponsored abseil will be taking place throughout the day, with the first abseilers descending at 9am and the event concluding by 4pm as the sun sets. Some might even be making the abseil down 250 feet in suitably festive gear.

The event is being held under the auspices of Croydon Commitment, a council-backed organisation which has a number of commercial backers. Unfortunately, their website is spectacularly opaque about where the funds raised by the charity abseil will go – it seems that the cash goes into a Croydon Commitment pot, for them to disburse as they see fit. To whom, they fail to say.

The abseilers are expected to pay £20 each for putting their necks on the line, though, providing a photo op for the council, while having to raise a minimum of £100 each.

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