Abseilers reach fundraising heights for Adoption Matters

15 January 2024

Nicki and Gary abseiled 100 feet for Adoption Matters

NatWest Group employees Nicki and Gary abseiled with the use of 100 foot crane at one of their Scotland offices to raise over £700 for local children’s adoption charity.

Children’s charity and voluntary adoption agency, Adoption Matters has an informal collaboration with NatWest Group’s Homelife Employee Led Network to support colleagues answering questions and helping to raise awareness of adoption and related topics.

The charity attended the Homelife online panels held throughout 2023 covering topics relating to adoption, surrogacy, fostering, and therapeutic parenting to name a few.

This led to two brave members of the team, Nicki and Gary (pictured) volunteering to assist the charities fundraising efforts with an amazing abseil.

Adoption Matters Fundraising and Relationship Manager, Annie O’Neill, commented:

“All of us here at Adoption Matters are so, so grateful to Nicki and Gary for this amazing fundraising feat.

“The look of pure terror on Nicki’s face at the start of the challenge just shows how much it took to complete! We are so grateful to them both and for NatWest Group’s Homelife Employee Led Network for nominating our charity as one of their beneficiaries.”

The childrens charity will use the funds to provide further funding to their unique support and therapy service which supports adoption and permanency.

“All funds raised will help us to continue to provide much needed support to many more families, adopted adults and those touched by adoption,” Annie commented.

“Our corporate partners are very important to us and their support helps us to continue our vital work.”

Gary believes that Adoption Matters were the perfect charity to support with the work that they do all over North of England, parts of Wales, Stoke, Staffordshire and Shropshire:

“It was great to be able to raise some funds for Adoption Matters, who give so much support not just to my colleagues, but to the wider community too in all the great work that they do.”

While Gary’s NatWest colleague and abseil partner Nikki encourages others to push themselves out of their comfort zone for the causes that they are truly in support of.

“To be asked to take part in an abseil from a crane 100 feet in the air was a little daunting to say the least, however the opportunity to make a difference within the adoption community meant that it was a challenge that I could not say no to.

“NatWest Homelife Employee Led Network, which includes a sub network for Fertility, Loss and Adoption, plays such an important role as it represents and supports colleagues, while also raising awareness around issues that affect so many and I knew the sponsorship would go on to support those taking their first steps of continuing their adoption journey.

“The abseil also further cements the networks supporting role within the bank, where colleagues have a safe space to talk to someone about their adoption journey, so while it was the most terrifying experience that I have ever taken part in, I would do it again and I would also encourage others to push themselves and do something that could have a huge impact on people’s lives.”

Regardless of the size of the company, Adoption Matters are happy to work on a mutual beneficial partnership or collaboration which can make a real difference to the lives of many children and their families.

If you feel that your business, or a business that you’re associated to, can help Adoption Matters, then please contact us here: www.adoptionmatters.org/fundraising/#contact