Housing Officer carries out brave feat for charity

Housing Officer Paula Williams has carried out a daring roof inspection challenge in aid of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, raising a phenomenal £1271.61 in the process.

Paula said: "Pete Bold, one of our Repairs Supervisors called and asked me and I said yes, because I'll give anything a go once! The reality kicked in on the afternoon of the event as I'm looking up at the huge buildings thinking what have I let myself in for! I'm happy to raise money for SLuke's as it's an amazing cause that has touched the lives of almost everyone in Plymouth one way or another."

After donning her safety gear and steeling herself for the challenge of a lifetime, Paula went up to the 15th floor of Tavy House, then climbed the access ladders until she reached the watch tower, before climbing out onto the roof and takin in the view. Once she was up there, she carried out the inspection, walking along the rooftop whilst 154ft in the air!

Reflecting on the challenge, Paula said: “It was terrifying! I really tried not to think about it, but I must’ve been subconsciously, because I kept waking up at night! Reality hit home as soon as I put my head out of the roof hatch and realised I could see far and wide across Mount Wise. Walking down the roof to the edge was scary, but the walk around the perimeter wasn’t so bad. They did make me go right to the edge to look down though! I’m glad they did it, but wow – that was one hell of a drop! All in all, not your average Tuesday! I cannot thank the team at Garness Contracting enough, as they were so supportive and patient with me.”

Once Paula was back on solid ground, she and a few colleagues went to visit the St Luke’s specialist unit based in Turnchapel to present a donation cheque and see the work the team do on a daily basis.

Nicola Keen, Business Fundraising Manager at St Luke’s said: “What a fantastic way to launch our charity of the year partnership, well done Paula on the completion of such a brave challenge for St Luke’s! We are so impressed with the creativity of fundraising ideas coming from the staff and can’t wait to see what the next instalment will produce. Paula, you have certainly set the benchmark very high indeed! Thank you to everyone who sponsored and made Paula’s challenge possible, your support means the world to us and the 3,500 patients and their families we support each year.

Pictured (L-R): Pete Bold, Staff Nurse Fiona, Paula Williams and Mae Hughes