Overbury's Manchester team has raised over £5,000 for Reuben's Retreat by undertaking an abseil from the top of the city's iconic City Tower building.

On Saturday 26 November, 35 people took on the 107 metre, 30 storey descent to raise money for North West charity, Reuben's Retreat.

Reuben's Retreat was set up in memory of Reuben Michael Graham who tragically passed away aged 23 months. It is working to provide a retreat in the North West countryside for families and their close friends who have suffered the bereavement of a child or have a child suffering from a life limiting or life threatening illness. 

Overbury project manager Ian Turner, who has been working on a fit out for Schroders in City Tower for 15 months, convinced his colleagues and four representatives from Reuben's Retreat to tackle the building - one of Manchester’s tallest towers. Additionally, in a fitting tribute to the charity’s namesake, Reuben’s father Mike also took part in the daring challenge.  

Speaking about why he decided to arrange the challenge, Ian said: "Reuben’s Retreat is a local charity that I was introduced to a few years ago while it was raising money to refurbish its newly purchased building. I was really moved by what they were doing and the vision that they had. What they have created is a facility that the whole region should be proud of.

"When our site manager Michael Howard suggested that we undertake an abseil down City Tower as a fundraising challenge for the charity, we were aiming to raise around £1,000. I am absolutely blown away by our achievement and the support that we have received from colleagues in the industry."

Reuben’s mother and founder of the charity, Nicola Graham added: "Ian, along with the entire Overbury team in Manchester, has been hugely instrumental in raising awareness and money for our cause, supporting the important work undertaken by the charity. The support that we receive is paramount to raising awareness for our cause, helping families that need us, and completing our build. 

"Overbury has been a constant supporter of our cause and we were very excited by this challenge. Every penny and pound counts so we’re forever grateful to all the abseilers and their support in raising much-needed cash for our project and families."

To date, Reuben's Retreat has supported over 200 families from across the UK and over 350 individuals, whilst hosting around 14 engagements each week. In 2017, the charity plans to start work inside its main building to create a hydrotherapy suite and day care activity zone. 

To donate, please visit the Overbury's fundraising page. Or, for more information about the charity, please visit Reuben's Retreat.

Key contacts