A WINCHESTER roof consultancy firm have been swapping their safety boots for superhero capes in a bid to raise money for charity.

Caped crusaders from Lakesmere Group, a roofing and cladding contractor, abseiled from the top of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower for Winchester charity, Naomi House.

The event, which has raised over £5,000 so far, was one of two fundraisers organised in line with the roofing contractor’s 21st anniversary.

On September 14, a second team will take another plunge, this time to skydive from 10,000ft above Salisbury Plain.

The firm hopes it will be able to make a big contribution to the charity’s campaign to raise £4m to improve its site facilities.

Mo Morgan, marketing and communications manager for the Lakesmere Group, who herself took part in the charity abseil, commented: “It’s not every day you see a group of superheroes dangling from the top of Spinnaker Tower but we were keen to do something special to mark Lakesmere’s 21st birthday and the abseil certainly was memorable.

"Lakesmere was actually involved in the initial construction of Spinnaker Tower so it was great to be back on site, albeit 320ft up on the outside! More importantly however we were keen to continue our of support of Naomi House Children’s Hospice and on behalf of Lakesmere I would like to thank each and every one of our sponsors for their generosity.”

Nicole Denison, events fundraiser, said: “We are extremely grateful to the team from Lakesmere and all of our abseil participants for braving our Spinnaker Tower event. Our abseil events are not for the faint-hearted but the guys from Lakesmere were up for the challenge and raised a lot of money for our hospices in the process.”

To find out more about Lakesmere’s charity challenge and pledge your support, please visit the official sponsorship page at virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lakesmere21.