Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Brothers help lift charity funds with a leap of faith

Two brothers from Bangor took ‘a leap of faith’ and abseiled off Ireland’s tallest building for charity last week.

They and six colleagues from Amey were helping to raise money for Save the Children and the Ulster Cancer Foundation on Saturday last (March 5) by launching themselves off the Obel Tower in Belfast.

Brothers Gerry and John Joe Kelly from Bangor both work for Amey as engineers.

They are part of the consultancy team based in Belfast.

Gerry said: “We all had a lot of fun doing the abseil, especially doing it as a team.

“I’m especially pleased that we raised money for two worthy charities at the same time.”

John Joe said: “I’m so happy that we all had the opportunity to be part of such a great charity event and that Amey will match fund all the money that we’ve raised.”

Andy Campbell, of Amey, said: “It’s great to see the Amey Foundation initiative being utilised by the team to help such a worthwhile cause as it enables Amey employees to raise more money for their charity through our match funding initiative.”

Sarah Atcheson from the Ulster Cancer Foundation said: “Congratulations to the eight Amey employees who took part in the first Obel Abseil charity event.

“They bravely took a leap of faith and successfully abseiled 289 feet to raise much needed funds for two very worthwhile charities – with their fundraising efforts kindly match funded by the Amey Foundation initiative.

“The money raised will make a huge contribution to UCF’s work in the local community.

“With 55,000 families in Northern Ireland living with cancer and around 10,700 people newly diagnosed each year, UCF is committed to tackling cancer by supporting cancer research, providing services for cancer patients and their families and by educating people on how they can reduce their risk of the disease.

“Well done on this fantastic personal achievement and on raising funds for UCF.

An Amey spokesperson said: “All money raised will be match funded by Amey through the Amey Foundation initiative.

“This charity effort is one of many carried out by the 250 staff Amey employ in Northern Ireland.

“In 2010 Amey employees spent around 30 volunteer days supporting the general maintenance and tidy up of the cycle path, and we’ll deliver the same in 2011.”

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