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

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.”