Tasha’s abseil for charity

One of Sheldon Bosley Knight’s (SBK) planning team is gearing up to abseil down a famous Midlands landmark for charity.

Associate director, and head of the planning and architecture department, Natasha Blackmore da Silva, will be taking on the challenge at Coventry Cathedral next month.

She will join more than 100 others abseiling down the side of the building on March 16 to raise vital funds for Myton Hospice.

The charity provides palliative care to those in need in and around Warwickshire and Coventry. As well as the hospices themselves, the teams are also on hand for the friends and relatives of those they care for, to ensure they are supported through what is a challenging and stressful time.

It is the fourth time Natasha will take part in the event which she signed up to do first in March 2020.

One of those who will be cheering her on will be her grandfather, Mike Edmunds, who was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.

She said: “Sadly the statistics are sobering. One in two of us will get cancer and we will all know someone who has had or will have it.

“A lot of people need to rely on hospices such as Myton – either to care for them or their relatives as they go through cancer, or to provide specialist support, help and advice.

“It can be a very lonely, stressful and overwhelming time so as well as the buildings themselves, having the team there is enormously helpful.

“When my grandfather was diagnosed, I wanted to do something positive and as Myton Hospice does such great work, I decided to try and raise money through the abseil event.

“It is always a bit nervewracking to begin with but it’s an amazing feeling – and the views of Coventry are incredible. It’s also a great way to see the city in a different way!

“Thankfully my grandfather is doing well and some of the cancer cells have shrunk since he’s been on his medication. He will be supporting me, which is fantastic.”

Natasha has already beaten her personal target of raising £200. Last year an amazing £49,000 was donated and this year the teams hope to do one better and raise £50,000. So far the total stands at £29,000.

Visit the justgiving page if you would like to support Natasha.