The Transporter Bridge is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and is a strong symbol of the Teesside’s engineering, industrial heritage and instinct for survival. For this iconic local landmark 20th August 2017 was just another day, but for me this was the day I faced one of my fears. At 9.30am I abseiled from the very top.
This aged yet solid and stable structure supported my trembling legs as I ascended 160 feet via 9 flights of stairs. Clipped to safety ropes I slowly edged my way along to the very tip of the structure. Strapped into the harness and under the expert guidance of the instructors, I nervously stepped into nothingness, 50 meters above the ground, and made my descent.
One very important and comforting element of this experience was the safety rope. Attached with careful precision, I was assured that this rope would ensure a safe journey and landing. Although my descent and touchdown was a perfect experience, I was glad of the additional security of this safety rope.
For the vulnerable clients of A Way Out, our Liberty and Blossom case workers can be that safety rope when all else that provides grounding and security in life seems to have disappeared. Our case workers offer a valuable life line, helping to provide support, love and hope, guiding our clients to safety through uncertain and difficult times.You too could offer support by volunteering with A Way Out’s services, or offering funding support. There is still time to make a donation to our abseil appeal via http://bit.ly/2qSzNs5, or simply contact us 01642 655071, firstname.lastname@example.org, or see our website www.awayout.co.uk for more information.