Thank you to everyone who took part,
cheered on and donated!


61 courageous abseilers in total took part in the Lister Abseil on Sunday, taking on and conquering the iconic Lister tower block!

Speaking after completing the abseil, Rachael Corser, director of nursing at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said:

“I never imagined I would be abseiling from the top of Lister. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Thank you to those from our local community, including our staff  participating, our volunteers that gave up their time to help, and the local companies that both took part in and ensured the abseil was a success. This event has raised a fantastic amount towards the Hospital Charity that will ensure we are able to go above and beyond for our patients.”

Over 26 Trust members of staff took part including the Director of Nursing Rachael Corser, Divisional Director of Womens and Childrens Palmer Winstanley, Deputy Divisional Director of Surgery Marie Lyons as well teams from paediatrics, urology and bereavement

We were also delighted to have 13 supporters and volunteers abseiling in support of The Lister Butterfly Service, alongside 6 parents from the Lister Neonatal Families Group and Julia Wurie, a nurse from the Neonatal Unit, abseiling to raise funds for the Lister Neonatal Big Build

Huge thank you to the Trust staff and volunteers who gave up their time to help, Dolomite Training for organising the abseil activity, Georgina Carter and Jim Coote, our volunteer photographer and videographer for the day, Mr H productions, North Herts Radio, Cook ‘n’ go caterers and Coop Biggleswade for donating water. 

We would also like to thank the following local companies, who signed up teams in support:

  • Barclays in St Albans and Welwyn Garden City
  • Santander team from Hatfield and St Albans
  • Owner of Redcoats in Hitchin
  • Management team from G4S based at Lister
  • Harwood Park Crematorium
  • Austins Funeral Directors
  • Crane and Staples Solicitors in Welwyn Garden City
  • Stevenage Leisure Limited

We are delighted to announce that we are expecting to raise over £15,000 once we have received your sponsorship so thank you for taking part in the day and for all of your fantastic fundraising efforts!

The funds raised from the Abseil will be going towards specialist medical equipment, staff training and research projects, special extras for patients as well as refurbishing patient areas. Your sponsorship also go towards our charity appeals including the neonatal big build for a brand new families room and the Lister Butterfly service so you really will have made an incredible impact across our Hospitals.

How do I return my sponsorship and donations?

  • Visit the Charity team at the Charity Hub, on the Lister level 3 main corridor (next to Costa) and give your donations in person. Alternatively you can arrange for a member of the charity team to collect your donations
  • Bank the cash yourself and either add it to your fundraising page
  • Donate by BACS payment or post us a cheque

*Please notify the charity team if you intend to pay by BACS and include in the reference ' your surname Abseil'. Cheques must be made payable to 'The East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity' and please include your full name and 'abseil sponsorship' on an separate piece of paper.

Just Giving pages:

Your fundraising pages with Just Giving or Virgin Giving will automatically close after a period of time, you can choose whether to keep your page open for the duration of that time, or close it early yourself once you think you've received all the sponsorship you were expecting. A member of the Charity team will contact you via email when your page closes, to let you know your final total.

Once we're sure that we've received everyone's donations, we will send you a thank you letter or email with the grand total raised from the day!

Photographs & videos from the day

We will be uploading the photos taken on the day to the charities' Facebook album.

If you would like your 'I completed the Lister Abseil’ souvenir photo professionally printed, please email the team with your image and we will post it to you. You are welcome to make a donation to the charity for the memoir.

We will have a video with highlights from the day which will be shared in the next week or so, follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss it!

We hope you had a fantastic time on the challenge and once again we cant thank you enough for getting involved and fundraising for our Hospital Charity.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the team via [email protected] or on 01438 285182 if you have any feedback, need any other information, or wish to take part in other fundraising projects and challenges to support our future!

Register your interest in next year's abseil