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Tom Hardy drops in on Royal Marines preparing for charity abseil

Tom Hardy drops in on Royal Marines preparing for charity abseil

26/02/2014

Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, dropped in on Royal Marines training brave volunteers at a London climbing centre as part of their preparations to abseil down the iconic BT Tower, the venue for a nail-biting 138 metre charity abseil to raise money for Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

I only came along to make tea for the guys but I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up on the end of a rope!
British Actor, Tom Hardy

The daredevil team will abseil from the 29th floor of BT Tower on Monday 10 March.  It will include intrepid adventurer, Bear Grylls, TV presenter Helen Skelton, former Lion and England rugby world cup winner Ben Kay, former England rugby star Martin Bayfield and Olympic and World Champion swimmer Mark Foster. 

Gavin Patterson, BT Chief Executive Officer will lead the charge on behalf of BT, with Major General Ed Davis CBE leading the Royal Marines.

British born actor Tom Hardy, whose films include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, is an avid supporter of the Royal Marines, particularly since visiting the Commando Training Centre in Devon last year.

Speaking from the Castle Climbing Centre in North London, Tom said:

“I know this year the Royal Marines are commemorating their 350th anniversary and I wanted to show my support to these elite professionals. I only came along to make tea for the guys but I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up on the end of a rope!”

The charity abseil will kick off a year of commemorations for the Royal Marines, during which the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund aims to reach its four-year campaign target of raising £6 million.  The abseil will also form a part of Sport Relief’s fundraising activities in March.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of BT said:

“I’m delighted that BT Tower is hosting this event, particularly as it is a momentous year for the Royal Marines.  Given that I’m not the greatest fan of heights, this is going to be a mental challenge as well as a physical one for me.  I’m concentrating on the two terrific charities that will benefit from our fundraising and that fact that all the money donated via MyDonate will go directly to them.”

Major General Ed Davis, CBE, Commandant General Royal Marines said:

“I’m delighted that the Royal Marines are supporting BT on this abseil at the start of our 350th anniversary year.  It promises to be a great day for everyone taking part, including my own Royal Marines Corps family, where we hope to raise a vast amount of money for Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Find – two charities that really do make a difference to the quality of people in need and inspiring young people to achieve their potential.” 

Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive at Comic Relief, said:

“This innovative abseil is yet another example of BT, one of our key partners, going the extra mile for Sport Relief – meaning that we can help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.”

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