THREE brave colleagues from a Douglas ship management company travel to Liverpool tomorrow (Saturday, October 6) to lower themselves from the 200 foot edge of one of the city’s tallest buildings.
Sandra Corrigan, Sarah Ryan and Nicola Quayle are taking part in the Liverpool Big Drop, an annual charity abseil down the side of the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
The Bibby Ship Management employees will join five members of their Liverpool office in the sponsored event to raise money for the new hospital being built in Liverpool and for Broadgreen Hospital.
Sandra explained the abseiling idea came in the form of an accepted invitation from their Merseyside colleagues.
‘Myself and Sarah have done abseiling before, although admittedly in my case it was 20 years ago, and a 70 foot cliff,’ said Sandra.
‘On Saturday there will be three ropes side by side, so we’ll be able to go down together.’
Any nerves are put aside however, for the opportunity to raise money for the hospitals.
‘From a personal point of view I am taking part as my mum was treated in the Royal Liverpool four years ago, and my husband has received treatment at Broadgreen, and it is the opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and give something back,’ she said.
‘We’re all well aware that loads of people from the Isle of Man go to Liverpool for various treatment, and we couldn’t do without it.’
On a clear day, the view from the top of the hospital can stretch beyond Liverpool bay as far as the Pennines and Snowdonia. Sandra said she will take some comfort from the fact that it is soldiers from the Royal Artillery Display team who set up and supervise the abseils, an assurance that preparations will be properly done.
‘Fundraising wise, people at the company have been good, as have family and friends,’ she added. ‘The company will match what we raise, so we’re hoping to get at least £500 between us, and donate £1000.’