On a hot Sunday in early May this year, our fundraisers took to great heights to support the charity – by launching themselves down the side of the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower.

Meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, 20 adrenaline-seeking fundraisers made their way up the iconic London landmark for the unique experience.

Having raised a substantial amount before the jump, the total raised is now over £12,500, with over £3,000 going towards our new Harefield Transplant Appeal, and more donations expected to come.

Participants had the opportunity to get some wonderful sights, with more than 20 miles of panoramic views from the top.

Highly experienced instructors were there to guide the way, as each fundraiser took their turn facing the 80-metre fall.

Simon Moore took part in the challenge to say thanks after his son Albie had open-heart surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital. Speaking after the jump, he said: “Compared with the open-heart surgeries that Albie went through, this was a breeze. It was a great day, and I was very honoured to raise so much money for the wonderful Royal Brompton Hospital.”

All the money raised from the event has gone towards helping our hospitals, with each of our fundraisers choosing to support a specific appeal of ours, or a hospital of their choice.

Fundraisers Michelle Wheeler, Anjna Puri and Jay East also took on the challenge. Michelle said: "What an amazing experience our abseil was! Even though it was possibly the most terrifying, thrilling thing either of us have ever done, it pales in to insignificance compared to the bravery of the patients who need the help of the amazing staff at Royal Brompton Hospital."

Anjna said: “It was an amazing experience! I was nervous going over the edge, but the staff were very nice. The views were breath-taking.” Jay said: “The abseil was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Find out how Simon got on in this week’s Guest Blog.