Tom at the start of his abseil down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower
Congratulations to Tom Clements who completed his abseil of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower! He has now raised over £1,100 for STEF, and you can still donate to his GoFundMe page. Our President, Sir Richard Armstrong (see Trustees), was there to greet a somewhat “shell shocked” Tom immediately after he landed. He had found the wind surprisingly powerful during his 100-metre descent, and admitted that it had been quite a nerve-racking experience, but tremendously exciting! See the photos below to get a sense of the drama, and you can watch the video taken from the camera on Tom’s helmet here.
Tom, who’s mother is Thai, is an elephant lover and strong supporter of the welfare of elephants in Thailand. He decided to help STEF when he realised that so many elephant owners had been struggling to feed their elephants during the Covid pandemic when the tourist parks closed down. STEF had stepped up to the challenge of protecting these elephants by raising funds to buy and deliver food to over 300 elephants in the region. (See our campaign) It’s thanks to people like Tom that we are able to continue to provide our elephant veterinary services in Southern Thailand and look after elephants in need.
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