Comedian London Hughes abseils for Barnardo’s

2009 Funny Women Awards winner London Hughes teamed up with brave young people from Barnardo’s for a nail biting 80 metre (262 feet) descent from ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park this week.

photo credit: Barnardo’s/ Tim Kavanagh


London made her Edinburgh debut this year with her show London Hughes: Superstar, put a brave face on and told herself she was ‘doing it for the kids’. When she was back on land London said: “I feel ecstatic now I’ve done it but I’m very happy to be back on the ground.

“Every part of your body says ‘Stop doing this, why are you doing this? You could be at home eating biscuits right now’.

“But I persevered and I did it and now I would do it again.

She added: “The whole time I was just thinking about the kids and how I was doing it for the kids.

“Barnardo’s is my favourite charity and I would do anything they want me to.”

Other celebrities who also grappled with their fears for the terrifying fundraising drop were BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and actor Kate Holderness. Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chingyanganya provided moral support but had to just watch due to an injured hand.

They were joined on the experience by service users from Barnardo’s Wiltshire Short Breaks service.

Every participant was sponsored to take part with the aim of raising £10,000 overall for the UK’s largest children’s charity, and all the money raised by children from Wiltshire Short Breaks will go towards that service.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “Having taken part in the event last year I know how nerve wracking it is to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who took part and helped raise funds to help us continue our vital work.

“Children are at the heart of everything we do, so it was great to see our courageous service users enjoying the challenge.

“Barnardo’s believes in children and they showed that if they believe in themselves they can achieve amazing things.”