leap of faith

Doreen Brett
Doreen Brett

Lisburn woman Doreen Brett took her own leap of faith and raised £872 at last year’s abseil at the Obel, the tallest building in Ireland, and is encouraging others to do the same and raise vital funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and Save the Children.

This year’s Obel Abseil, will take place on Saturday, April 12 and 13, and marks the fourth year of the partnership between Cancer Focus and Save the Children.

Doreen says, “I was initially nervous about going ‘over the top’, the abseiling team really put me at ease and I was then able to enjoy the fantastic views across Belfast from the top of the Obel. Conquering the building and raising money for two worthwhile charities make it an event that I would definitely encourage others to do.”

Sarah Atcheson from Cancer Focus said, “Last year’s participants really got a buzz out of abseiling the 289 feet of the Obel, which is higher then 22 stacked double decker buses! Anyone over the age of 16 can participate, and registering is simple. Just visit and you can either download a registration form or use the online registration system.

Registration costs £35 and then all you have to do is raise a minimum of £150.

“With 70,000 families in Northern Ireland living with cancer and around 12,000 people newly diagnosed each year, the money raised will make a huge contribution to Cancer Focus’s work in the local community,” said Sarah.

“Cancer Focus is committed to tackling cancer by supporting cancer research, providing a wide range of services, free of charge, for cancer patients and their families and by educating people on how they can reduce their risk of the disease.”

Jo Keating from Save the Children said, “The atmosphere at last year’s Obel Abseil was electric and it was fantastic that every participant, young and old, completed the challenge. We are hoping that this year’s Obel Abseil will attract even more participants and make it a special event for both Save the Children and Cancer Focus.

“With your support Save the Children works in more than 120 countries, including the UK, saving children’s lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential. Save the Children was established in 1919 and here in NI in 1952. Separate national organizations have been set up in more than 28 countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.”

For further information on the Obel Abseil please visit or contact Sarah at Cancer Focus on 028 9068 0765 or