BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts “forgot" to tell girlfriend about highest freefall abseil gig

Roberts “forgot" to tell girlfriend Kate Holderness she’d signed them up for UK’s highest freefall abseil


Kate Holderness and Adele Roberts ready to go



Actress Kate Holderness said her girlfriend had told her just hours before that the pair were due to take part in the challenge, organised to raise money for Barnado’s.​


Adele and Kate teamed up with brave young people from the UK’s largest children’s charity for a nail biting 80 metre (262 feet) descent from ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park.


Adele Roberts and Kate Holderness psych themselves up!


Roberts, from Holloway, north London, said: “When we were getting ready I thought, this is happening too quickly.​


“Before I knew it I was up there and I could see the whole of London and I’d never seen it this high before.​


“The next thing I was on a ledge and I was terrified but the guys at the top were so good at talking me through it.


“I went from feeling terrified to feeling exhilarated. It was incredible."


The 36-year-old added: “It made it a lot easier because I knew it was for Barnardo’s.”


Holderness said: “I didn’t think about it until I was hanging over the edge.


“I had a little bit of a cry and I think the rope man at the top realised I wasn’t going to do it.


“But once I was on my way I saw the Barnardo’s team in the viewing window and that made it a lot better.”


The 33-year-old said Roberts had only told her that morning about the challenge.


“She said she had forgotten to tell me. I just don’t know how she could keep something so terrifying from me.


“I’m going to have to see if Barnardo’s has any more terrifying challenges for her to do!”


They were joined on the experience by service users from Barnardo’s Wiltshire Short Breaks service.  


Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “Having taken part in the event last year I know how nerve wracking it is to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who took part and helped raise funds to help us continue our vital work.


“Children are at the heart of everything we do, so it was great to see our courageous service users enjoying the challenge.”


Last year 272,000 children, young people and parents were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes. Visit to find out more. 



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