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High time radio presenter took it to the edge

A radio presenter will abseil down the UKs tallest sculpture in his latest adrenalin-fuelled adventure to celebrate 25 years on the airwaves.
Neil Andrews Time FM (cropped)
Neil Andrews, 48, who is a presenter with Time FM that broadcasts across East London and West Essex, has enjoyed an exciting career in radio spanning 25 years.

And when he abseils down the 80 metre ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice on September 20th it will be his most daring experience so far to mark the achievement.
Neil Andrews Time FM studio 1
"I have always wanted to do an abseil," said Neil from Basildon.

"It is about pushing yourself to do something you would not normally do.

"I am not particularly scared of heights but I do fear the unknown as I have never done an abseil before.

"Of all the things I have done this is definitely the most nerve racking. I just hope they have strong ropes and they are not too elastic," he quipped.

The dynamic showman has been a huge supporter of the hospice since it gave him invaluable support and advice before his father died of lung cancer in 2009.

"My father was never actually at the hospice but the advice and help they gave me before he died was amazing," said Neil.

"It meant so much to me to know there was always someone there to help if I needed anything. That is why I will always do anything I can to help the hospice. It is almost a kind of pay back."

Neil, who kept walkers on their toes during Saint Francis Hospice's annual Star Walk event in the centre of Romford in July with live 80s music and entertainment, fulfilled a long held dream of performing a stand-up comedy gig earlier this year.

And he has just followed it up with an evening as a quiz show host for The Big Quiz alongside six of the BBC's Eggheads, which was also a fundraising event organised by the charity.

Among the challenges still on his list for this year are windsurfing and driving a double decker Routemaster bus.

Neil currently hosts the Time FM Breakfast Show on weekdays, along with a Thursday Night Rock Show and a Solid Gold Sunday afternoon show and even after all these years he still feels nervous before live shows and gigs.

"A bit of nerves and adrenalin keep you fired up," he added.

"The day you stop feeling nervous is the day you've become too comfortable."

To sign up or find out more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit abseil click here or contact the hospice's events team on 01708 771 427.