Admiral Yacht Insurance Abseils Spinnaker Tower

The Managing Director of Admiral Yacht Insurance, Robert Holbrook, and four of his work colleagues took the brave step of having a go at abseiling down Portsmouth’s 320ft Spinnaker Tower on Sunday, to raise money for the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust at its Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.

“We wanted to do something for the Trust to help towards funding for the rehabilitation garden that is being created at the Spinal Centre,” explained Robert, whose company is the UK’s leading Yacht Insurance Company specialising in mid-sized ocean cruising yachts, as well as all types of pleasure sailing yachts and motor boats. The company employs eight people at its Salisbury office.

“It was the longest five minutes of my life but it was great to know we were doing it for such a good cause”, said Robert.

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Admiral Boat Insurance, based in Salisbury, insures a range of sailing yachts and motor yachts including long distance ocean cruising yachts, and recently insured many of the fleet taking part in the ARC Rally.

About the SSIT: Each year over 1000 people in the UK are paralysed following a spinal cord injury. Around 100 of them will be cared for at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. SSIT raises money to help support the Spinal Centre whilst also funding specialised equipment for people living with spinal cord injury in the region. Their aim is to help patients achieve greater independence.

The Trust’s current funding focus is a rehabilitation garden at the Spinal Centre. As well as encouraging well-being through gardening, Horatio’s Garden will provide an important social area for patients and their families. The average length of stay at the Centre is 9 months. The garden is named in memory of Horatio Chapple, the 17 year old boy tragically killed last year during an Arctic expedition. Horatio had planned to study medicine and, while working as a volunteer at the Centre, conducted patient research for the Garden.