Gogglebox stars take the 100ft plunge off King’s College Hospital roof in abseil challenge

News Desk (17 June, 2016)

Steph and Dom Parker, known as the “Posh Couple”, took part in the abseil to raise money to fund vital equipment

10143L-R Dom and Steph with Dr David McCormick

Two Gogglebox stars abseiled 100ft down the Golden Jubilee Wing of King’s College Hospital today to raise money to fund vital equipment.

Steph and Dom Parker, known as the “Posh Couple”, took part in the abseil as their 15-year-old son Max has epilepsy and has been treated at King’s since he was diagnosed aged four months.

Steph and Dom Abseiling

Steph and Dom Abseiling

The couple said: “We’re delighted to support King’s College Hospital where our son has been treated by the brilliant Dr David McCormick.

“Fundraising for the hospital helps fund life-saving equipment, life-changing research and better facilities – above and beyond what the NHS can provide.”

The celebrity duo were joined by 81-year-old Nora Higgins from Peckham, who received surgery for skin cancer last year.

L-R Dom, Nora and Steph

L-R Dom, Nora and Steph

Nora said: “Being diagnosed with skin cancer, especially of the face, is really scary. You think you’ll be scarred for life, but not so!

“I was a nervous wreck when I had my first appointment but the friendliness, the empathy and the dedication of the whole team was inspiring and reassuring. I cannot thank them enough.”

Around 100 patients, supporters and staff abseiled 100ft down the hospital’s Golden Jubilee Wing.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Chair, Lord Bob Kerslake, also took the plunge and did the abseil.

Lord Kerslake said: “This event perfectly showcases the dedication of all our supporters and staff.

“All the money raised will go back into our services so we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients in the environment they deserve.”

The King’s abseil has run for more than a decade raising hundreds of thousands of pounds and helping to fund vital equipment/

For information about taking part in next year’s abseil, or supporting King’s, visit supportkings.org.uk or call 020 7848 4701


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