Crane plunge raises funds for kids

June 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Don't Look Down! A Volunteer Abseils from Finnieston Crane

Don't Look Down! A Volunteer Abseils the 200ft from Finnieston Crane


Nerves of steel serve charity well, as shown by the brave souls who abseiled from the top of Finneston Crane on Sunday 13 June, to raise money for families of sick children.

All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill. Here, the families of children being treated for critical and long term illnesses at the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, receive free accommodation and support. This service allows families to stay together through trying and often tragic times.

Perhaps the worthiness of the cause gave the volunteers the metal to climb to the top of Finneston Crane, walk along the platform, mount the barrier, and abseil the 200ft back to safe ground by the River Clyde!

Not that they were left dangling alone! Experts from The Glasgow Climbing Centre ensured all volunteers were securely harnessed and instructed before beginning their descent. The drop allowed the volunteers to hover above the Clyde and view the iconic Clyde Arc bridge and the empty river.

Dan Cowley, Manager of the Glasgow  Climbing Centre, headed up the team of climbing experts. He said: ‘ It was great that the event was for such a good cause. All the staff from the centre are vastly experienced and  know the fear of going over the top for the first time. It was great fun for us to show the volunteers the ropes.’

If the presence of Dan and his team was not reassurance enough, volunteers at least knew they were attached to a dependable platform. The historic Finneston Crane can support up to 175 tonnes, a considerable amount more than any of the volunteers!

Volunteers were each asked to raise a minimum of £110 through sponsorship.

To join in future fundraising events for Ronald McDonald House visit their website: