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Bank worker ropes in colleagues for daring abseil

A Barclays worker will be banking on her colleagues bravery when they abseil down an iconic sculpture to support the hospice that cared for her loved ones.
Barclays team - Hamper Raffle Left to right Karen and Brindley (2) (cropped)
Karen Dring has been supporting Saint Francis Hospice for more than 10 years so when she heard about the 80m ArcelorMittal Orbit abseil in the heart of the Olympic Park in Stratford she wasted no time in rounding up four co-workers to take part.

Lana Gandhi, Brindley White, Grant Westcott and Hina Patel, who all work with Karen at the bank in Canary Wharf, will get to take in 20 miles of the city's spectacular skyline during the adrenalin fuelled challenge on September 20th.

"We have had so many friends and family who have through the hospice over the years," said the grandmother from Rainham.

Most recently her uncle John Harman was cared by the Hospice at Home team before he died of cancer in 2014 and used to enjoy visiting the day centre once a week for lunch. 

"Saint Francis Hospice was fantastic to him," said Karen.

"He became so ill but luckily all the support he needed was put in place very quickly."

To boost their fundraising Karen and her daring colleagues are holding a raffle to win an exquisite alcohol and chocolate packed hamper as well as a cake sale.

Karen, whose mum Joy Manning, 80, was a volunteer at the hospice shop for six years, has been involved in fundraising over the years personally and through the two Rainham social clubs Silver Hall and La Salette.

"When someone is ill it affects the whole family and the hospice has such a good support mechanism in place," she said.

"All of us at some stage in our life will be in need of places like the hospice and the support it provides.It is important that we all support it. Where would we be if there was not a hospice with the fantastic care that goes with it?" 

Barclays team - Left to right is Brindley Karen Hina Lana and Grant (2)

The Barclays team - Left to right: Brindley White, Karen Dring, Hina Patel, Lana Gandhi and Grant Westcott