Fundraisers from RMCH kitted out in superhero costumes
Battle of the soaps turned battle of the ropes when celebrities joined a charity abseil at the weekend.

Crowds gathered to see more than 70 abseilers – some decked out in amazing superhero costumes – descend the 19-storey Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oxford Road to raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

Among the Supermans, Wonder Womans and Batmans at Humphrey’s Heroes Abseil were Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor-Dawson, Corrie’s Tina O’Brien and Tin Star actor Ian Puleston-Davies. Even charity mascot Humphrey Bear descended the building – racing Ian Puleston-Davies, dressed as Spiderman, to the bottom.

Ashley Taylor-Dawson descends the building….still smiling

Ashley Taylor-Dawson completed his abseil on Saturday, joking that Hollyoaks were braver than Corrie. He said:

“I hear Tina and her fella are doing it tomorrow. I hope they shake and cry and weep as much as I did.

“I think I smashed it. I wasn’t nervous at all, honest. So obviously Hollyoaks are bravest.”

On Sunday it was the turn of Tina O’Brien who, like many abseilers, decided to ‘descend with a friend’ – her husband Adam Crofts. Watching on from the bottom was their son Beau, who cheered on mummy and daddy with Charity staff.

Tina O’Brien and Adam Crofts relieved to be at the bottom

Tina said:

“Oh please! Corrie are bravest every day of the week. We are tough, we are so tough. We are proper Manchester.

“I’d encourage everyone to sign up next year – it’s the most incredible experience ever.”

Tina O’Brien and husband Adam Crofts descend the Crowne Plaza Manchester

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Starlight Unit (a satellite ward of RMCH based on the Wythenshawe Hospital site) all descended, as well as individual fundraisers, many of who had a personal reason for wanting to support the charity.

Superhero fundraisers at the top of the building

Family and friends cheered participants on at the event, which is thought to have raised in excess of £15,000 – but with more money still to come in it may be significantly higher.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s events manager Viv Williamson said:

“We were blown away by just how much effort went into costumes and how brave all those abseilers were. The weather was on our side on both days and it really made for a fantastic event.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who came along and either cheered, sponsored someone or abseiled – it really made our day seeing all those smiling faces.”

Ian Puleston-Davies with Humphrey Bear

Ian Puleston-Davies agreed the abseil was a huge success and has encouraged Charity supporters to sign up to other future events. He said:

“We had so much fun raising money for the wonderful Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. It’s been great and I’ve been so proud to be part of this fantastic event.”

Later this week, on Friday, 5th July, the charity’s Be Seen in Green day will be taking place, where supporters are encouraged to dress in green and make a donation to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

To find out more about all the Charity’s event, including the upcoming skydive and Birthday Ball, visit https://rmchcharity.org.uk/events

The support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity means the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.
The charity has three main areas of work:

  • to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses
  • to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly to our young patients and their families.
  • to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.