Demie, 22, burst into tears twice during the descent. She said:
“I felt overwhelmed. I just wanted to get it over with as soon as possible! I really didn’t think I could do it. I kept looking at my hands all the way down. But I’d asked for one person in every department to do it, so I had to do it myself. I could hear everybody from the site had come outside and were cheering me on and my mum was there too.”
Senior Site Manager James Beardmore said:
“Ciaran and Demie were petrified of heights. I remember her clinging to the columns when she first went up our building, she would not even go near the edge. Ciaran would not commit to doing it all week. But the guys from Redpoint were very professional and this was excellent community relations for us because the Holiday Inn has helped us out with our time lapse camera so we’ve tried to help them out in return.”
Other corporate teams also took part and SIFA Fireside’s Chief Executive Carly Jones said:
“We are very grateful to the Holiday Inn Express, BAM and the other companies who came together to do this exciting activity and support the work we do.
“We work with some of the most vulnerable adults in society. Many have complex mental and physical health problems, such as addictions. We run a friendly day centre providing support to over 160 people daily. As well as offering food, clothing, showers and laundry facilities, we also offer housing advice, welfare rights, employment opportunities, healthcare and social activities.”