The Lord Mayor of Belfast is calling on people to abseil one of Belfast’s most iconic and tallest buildings for the very first time, all to raise money for local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and to mark the milestone it is holding the very first abseil down Belfast City Hospital’s famous yellow tower block.  The Take on the Tower Abseil takes place on the 11th and 12th April, giving brave supporters the chance to see Northern Ireland’s 4th tallest building from a completely different angle, as they make a 190ft adrenaline filled descent right in the heart of the city.

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nichola Mallon urged people to sign up for the abseil:

“This is a great opportunity for those with an adventurous spirit,” she said.  “What a wonderful way to support a charity that has helped so many local families over the past three decades.”

Looking forward to the big event, Friends of the Cancer Centre’s chief executive, Colleen Shaw, said:

“The Cancer Centre and Belfast City Hospital are two of the most important buildings in Belfast, treating countless numbers of people from Belfast and beyond.  The striking yellow tower block of Belfast City Hospital is also one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings, and this will be the first time anyone has ever abseiled it.

“The Take on the Tower Abseil is an event that we have wanted to do for a long time and there was no better opportunity to make it happen than our 30th anniversary.  This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as it has never been done before and may never happen again.  It’s set to be a fantastic weekend and I’m calling on people across Northern Ireland to help us make history and Take on the Tower with us.”


Friends of the Cancer Centre is one of the leading cancer charities in Northern Ireland working to support cancer patients, their families and carers through key projects in the areas of research, patient comfort and care, and clinical care.  Over the last 30 years the charity has been committed to making a difference to the lives of people with cancer; from providing small everyday comforts such as newspapers and magazines throughout the Cancer Centre, funding specialist cancer nurses who play a vital role in patient care, to investments of nearly £1 million into local cancer research.  Over the next three years, it aims to raise at least £5 million to fund on-going and new projects which will continue to support local cancer patients.

Registration for the event is £40 per person and each participant is asked to raise a suggested minimum sponsorship of £150 for the charity.  Participants must be over 14 years of age.  If you would like to Take on the Tower and help raise vital funds for Friends of the Cancer Centre, you can find out more by calling 028 9069 9393.

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