Abseiling down the newest icon on London's skyline is partly an exercise in calculated risk for Robert Gardner, founder and co-CEO of institutional investment consulting firm Redington Ltd., London.
“Everything has been done to manage and mitigate risk; it was, in a way, the safest most-dangerous thing I've done,” Mr. Gardner said of his Sept. 3 descent from the top of The Shard, Renzo Piano's 67-story landmark building. He rappelled the building to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, a non-profit organization benefiting Britain's Royal Marines and their families.
The descent was Mr. Gardner's second Royal Marines challenge for the charity. In 2011, he raised about £11,000 ($17,500) in an escape from a helicopter amid a simulated crash at sea. So far this year, he has gathered about £15,000 in donations and is aiming for £25,000.
“What attracts me (to the Royal Marines challenges) is the chance to put yourself outside of your own comfort zone ... and master your fears,” Mr. Gardner said.
Further information about donations can be obtained at www.justgiving.com/ rob-gardner6.