Fund-raising plan takes to the skies above Birmingham

Residents in a Birmingham skyscraper have been invited to get a bird’s eye view of their neighbourhood and help the city’s property community raise funds for Edward’s Trust.

The first tower of Regal Property Group’s The Bank scheme has been chosen as the venue for a charity abseil this autumn by commercial property agents, KWB.

The block, which contains 189 apartments and studio flats, stretches over 65 metres into the sky above Broad Street – making it higher than Niagara Falls.

KWB Office Manager, Jo Spencer, thought it would make the ideal location for an abseil she is arranging for 27th September, to raise funds for Edward’s Trust, a local charity providing support and counselling for thousands of bereaved adults and youngsters each year.

“We’ve been close to this charity for several years. Our Director, John Bryce, has done pro-bono work for them, most recently when they relocated to Vicarage Road, in Edgbaston, and last year we chose them as our charity partner for 2019 as we were both celebrating our 30th anniversary.

“They do amazing work with adults and youngsters who are bereaved, or about to be, they provide respite care, offer ‘wellbeing in bereavement’ support, and also train professionals working in their sector, but it costs them close to £600,000 a year and they have to rely on goodwill and support to raise those funds.

“We’ve arranged for two ropes to be lowered from the roof, we’re looking for 60 daredevils to take part, and now we’re asking all our contacts and friends in Birmingham’s commercial property sector if they’d like to sign-up.

”We’d also be delighted to welcome residents from the tower too, as it would certainly give them a different perspective on their homes.”

Mark Holbeche, Director of Development at Regal Property Group, said: “Abseiling down the first tower at The Bank, which is currently one of the tallest residential buildings in Birmingham city centre, is a huge challenge.

“We’ll be looking to support KWB in any way we can to help raise some money for what is an extremely worthy cause.”

The Bank’s second tower is due to complete in October, when at 101.5 metres it will become Birmingham’s tallest residential building.

“We did think about waiting a month or two, and using that block, but when someone said the first tower was higher than Niagara, we decided that would be quite high enough,” admitted Jo.

If you would like to sign up, or would like further information, please contact Jo at KWB on