Fourteen courageous members of Henry Williams have joined together in a mass abseil off the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead in aid of the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

The charity leap was not for the faint hearted as the converted Baltic Flour Mills stands 150ft high on the banks of the Tyne with spectacular views of the Millennium and Tyne bridges and the recently opened Sage Gateshead music centre.

There were 14 ropes available for the event that matched the company name of Henry Williams. As team member Alan Puddick, Managing Director – Electrical Projects said afterwards, “The combination of charity fundraising, corporate teamwork and sheer terror made the day not only rewarding but undoubtedly memorable.”.

The corporate effort by HW managed to raise over £1600 for the RNIB but, for some, that was the easy part compared with the actual descent. Several members of the team became quite attached to the idea of holding on to the scaffolding but once it became obvious that they could not take it with them, descended moderately comfortably to the river bank below.

Afterwards, the successful team even managed to raise a glass in celebration of their efforts.