Daredevils needed to take the plunge and abseil down iconic Sheffield building

Abseil in aid of the British Red Cross.
Abseil in aid of the British Red Cross.

Daredevils are being urged to take the plunge and join in a frightful fancy dress abseil for Halloween.

Volunteers are being sought for the abseil down the Owen Building in Sheffield city centre on Sunday, October 30, dressed as anything from zombies to superheroes.

Those taking part will be descending down a 120ft drop down the landmark building, which is covered with the ‘What If?’ poem by Sir Andrew Motion.

The challenge is to help raise vital funds for the British Red Cross.

There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, best fundraiser and the university with the most sign-ups.

Rachel Beresford, community fundraiser for the British Red Cross, said: “People have so much fun doing this abseil that we’ve decided to hold it for a fifth year running to give more people the opportunity to abseil down one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings.

“Even if you’re not feeling too brave right now, it’s such a feeling of pride once you’ve reached the ground that you will probably want to go back up and do it all over again.”

Registration costs £10 to sign up. Volunteers are asked to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

To take the plunge sign up online at http://www.redcross.org.uk/steel