Strictly a leap of faith for our charity team

The Baby Beat charity team is joining forces with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, taking a leap of faith next month by trusting that a sponsored abseil at a location significant to fans of Strictly Come Dancing is just the activity to help give its fundraising a boost.

Our team is recruiting volunteers to sign up to its “Pledge to go over the Edge” Charity Abseil Event on Saturday, 23rd March, from the pinnacle of Peel Tower in Holcombe Brook near Ramsbottom.

The 128 ft tower on the top of Holcombe Hill was used as the location to introduce Bury-born Strictly 2023 runner-up Layton Williams to his professional dance partner Nikita Kuzmin at the start of the series. The historic tower itself dates back to 1852, when it was built in tribute to local son Sir Robert Peel, founder of the police force and prime minister from 1841 to 1846.

Charity team fundraiser Lucy Clark said: “We held our first ever abseil at the same location last March and had a team of 21 supporters brave enough to work their way down the tower on what was a really windy day!

“Collectively, everyone really enjoyed the experience and together raised a magnificent £2,000. That was our trial run so we’re hoping that this year, not only will the weather be less blustery, more people will recognise the location and sign up to give it a go.”

To register for the abseil, which is overseen by experts from local outdoor activity company Alternative Adventure, costs £30. This is a subsidised fee made possible by Preston architects FWP Ltd agreeing to be event sponsor. Senior associate David Simmons said: “FWP is delighted to sponsor this event in support of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity and the great work they do.  Good luck to all taking part in the abseil.”

Participants, who are rewarded with a t-shirt and medal when back on firm ground, are also asked to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship, which will go towards charity projects which support mothers and babies being cared for at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. To find out more and to sign up, go to