Shard abseil raises £12,500

Salisbury Journal: Mark Hatt-Cook Mark Hatt-Cook

A CONSULTANT at a law firm in Salisbury has raised £12,500 for charity after abseiling down the Shard building in London.

Mark Hatt-Cook, 69, who is based with Wilsons Solicitors LLP, was among a group of 40 fundraisers that included Prince Andrew, two students from a secondary school in London and a Royal Marine multiple amputee who had recently returned from Afghanistan.

He said: “I am immensely grateful to all those kind souls who supported me.

“It was an unforgettable experience not least being able to see to the south coast as well as all the Olympic venues and the Thames Barrage.

“Most of us were outside our comfort zone but guided by an outstanding team of mountain leaders led by Major Adam Rutherford, there were no refusals.

“The event will never be repeated as the developers will never again give permission.”

The abseil raised more than £1.5million, which will be divided between The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

For more details visit descentoftheshard.com or to make a donation visit justgiving.com/mark-hatt-cook .

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