RAC were given the challenge of safely getting Phillip Schofield to the top point of the Shard – 1014 ft high – and back down again using rope access techniques.
On the 14th November 2014 Phillip attending a briefing and training session at our new Keynsham training facility in readiness for his challenge.
On the 8th December 2014 the weather conditions were monitored by RAC and the event was given the green light to commence. Phillip braved the cold and height, completing his challenge, working closely with the RAC site team and becoming the first non-professional abseiler to scale the Shard. At the time he was higher than any other person in Europe on a manmade structure.
Letter from ITV
Hi Si, Just dropping you a line to say a huge thank you from everyone at Text Santa for all your help on the climb.
It was absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t have done it without you and everyone at RAC. From the training, the advice, the technical support, being so reassuring to Phillip and being so quick with answers to all our questions it was great to work with you.
Please also pass on my thanks to Pedro, Jamie, Mark and James.
Senior Producer: ITV Studios