Screwfix employees’ abseil down the Spinnaker Tower for charity

14 staff members from seven Screwfix stores in Chichester, Havant, Fareham, Hedge End, Eastleigh, Weymouth and Dorchester are celebrating after abseiling down the iconic Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth to raise money for charity.

The team raised an impressive £2,000 for The Screwfix Foundation, a charity which supports projects the fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need. The £2,000 raised will also be match funded by Screwfix, bringing the total to a notable £4,000.

The Spinnaker tower stands 560ft tall on Portsmouth harbour and models Portsmouth’s maritime history, shaped like a sail. It is one of the tallest, accessible structures outside of London, providing a 360º view for 23 miles, enough to make anyone standing at the top feel dizzy!

Gemma Smallwood, Manager of the Hedge End store and challenge organiser comments: “It was fantastic to see the team pull together to get everyone through the challenge. The adrenaline was pumping at the top but we were all determined to get through it. I think some of the team loved seeing the managers squirm at the top of that tower! It was however for a worthy cause and a great opportunity to increase awareness for The Screwfix Foundation”.

The Screwfix Foundation launched in 2013 and donates much needed funding to help a variety of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness or disability. John Mewett, trustee of The Screwfix Foundation said: “The Screwfix Foundation relies on the money raised by fundraising events across the country in and around our Screwfix stores. We’re delighted that colleagues in so many of our stores in the south have rallied behind the charity by doing this fantastic activity to raise money which we will then donate to our well deserving national and local charity partners.”

Relevant projects in and around Dorset and Hampshire are invited to apply online for a share of the funding at