Brave fundraisers abseiled more than 260ft from one of London’s most striking landmarks to raise funds for a children’s charity.

A total of 25 daredevil participants completed the hair-raising challenge down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford’s Olympic Park on Saturday 13 April and raised £11,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

The Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture and was created as part of the London 2012 Olympics, with views stretching more than 20 miles across the capital.

Gary Sharpe, whose employer Centor has been a long-term supporter of Haven House, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I think any nerves were taken away by the sheer professionalism of the abseil crew and the fact that I was concentrating so much on their instructions I didn’t have time to think about what I was doing!”

Among those taking part were also four colleagues from the hospice, who grappled with their fears for the terrifying fundraising drop.

Pushpinder Gill, Haven House’s Director of Income Generation, joined the group. She said: “I loved every minute. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who took part, some who even overcame their fear of heights, and helped raise funds to help us continue our vital work.

“I am so proud of the wonderful local community who go above and beyond to help us care for seriously ill children and families.”