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Sheffield Lawyer’s 120ft Charity Abseil

Challenger Takes On City Building To Raise Funds For British Red Cross


A leading Sheffield lawyer is breathing a sigh of relief after successfully abseiling 120ft down a famous city landmark to raise money for the British Red Cross.

David Urpeth, National Head of Workplace Injuries and Illness at law firm Irwin Mitchell, completed the Steel City Abseil down Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building on Sunday.

The building, opposite the train station, has a poem called What If? by Sir Andrew Motion in large letters down the side and Urpeth says it inspired him to take up the challenge.

David Urpeth said: “The Red Cross helps people whose lives have been devastated by crises and disasters in the UK and overseas - such as house fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, famine and war.

“Friends have joked that it was a bit of an extreme way to read the poetry on the side of the building but like the poem says, I just thought 'What If?' and signed up to the task. It was a big and unique challenge and it’s for a fantastic cause.

“Irwin Mitchell’s Social Responsibility programme is a fundamental part of who we are as a firm helping charities and the local community. I really appreciate the support I have received from everyone and thank you for any donations and hope it can help the charity make a difference.”

People can still donate by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Urpeth.