Erith’s Industrial Demolition Proposals Director, Andrew Dale FIDE, recently took to the skies of Wales in aid of the Stroke Association.

On July 27th 2018, Andrew left the relative safety and security atop the 370 metre-deep Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales and glided down the over mile long pit, reaching a speed in excess of 100mph.  Strapped to the zip-wire in a horizontal harness and with a camera fastened to his precautionary helmet, Andrew soared the length of the quarry in under 60 seconds, with remarkable views of the 500-million-year-old slate and lake below.

This was not Andrew’s first charitable adventure.  On his 50th birthday, Andrew parted company with an air-plane over the fields of Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, parachuting down to earth and raising over £2,000.00 for charity in the process.

This years expedition was in support of the Stroke Association, a charity with significant importance to Andrew.  In 2015, Andrew’s Mother, Isabel, suffered a stroke and tragically lost her life the following year in the aftermath.  The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stroke sufferers.  Their focus is on providing the best possible treatment to those who suffer a stroke, and ultimately preventing strokes from occurring at all.  With over 100,000 strokes occurring in the UK every year, it is the fourth largest cause of death in the country.

Andrew managed to raise £2,000.00 for the charity, with generous donations coming in from friends, family and colleagues.  The money will be put to use by the Stroke Association in providing care and support to stroke sufferers, continue their research into finding improved treatments and expanding their network of services across the UK.

After completing his brief venture into aviation, Andrew commented “I am extremely thankful for the donations that have been sent in form everyone so far.  The Stroke Association is a worthy charity that is close to my heart.  I have seen first-hand the devastation a stroke can have on someone’s life after my late Mother suffered her stroke in 2015.  The fact is that even those who survive a stroke often have to try and rebuild their lives around the lasting damage it causes.  This charity does tremendous work in helping sufferers do just that and enable them to live a more comfortable life.  With regards to the zip-wire itself it was a great experience.  However, being suspended above what is essentially a giant hole was truly frightening!”

Andrew is still receiving donations for his endeavour via his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-dale5

Author: Alison Gardner, Business Development Manager, Erith Contractors Ltd

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