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Strakka Scales Down New Heights For Charity

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In this day and age, the world of motorsport does what it can, in order to help such well-recognised charities, that do great work for great causes. Strakka Racing is just one of the many teams that do so, with Nick Leventis boldly abseiling down The Shard in London, which is currently the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe.

He will be one of the 40 participants taking part in the “Descent of the Shard”, which is truly unique, and is the longest abseil that is attempted by any civilian. Nick himself, not only races in the WEC, driving the HPD ARX-03a for Strakka, but is an extreme sports junkie in his own right, having set the record for the highest altitude tandem-skydive, jumping out of an aircraft 9,144ft over Mount Everest.

This just showcases part of his achievements as a multi-talented athlete, with achievements not only including a LMP2 win at the Le Mans 24 Hours,  but also having been a marathon runner, accomplished surfer, and a successful downhill skier, before a back injury made him turn to the world of motorsport. He will be joining amongst others, The Duke of York, Prince Andrew and Ffion Hague, who will all receive training from the Royal Marines, whose specialized field involves extreme environment operations. This is truly one of those situations, which shows the commitment by all to help raise £25,000 for the Commando Spirit Appeal, on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which helps those Marines and their families, who need assistance.

The Shard itself, will be open to the general public early next year, and is 310 metres tall, located on the south bank of the Thames, not far from London Bridge, with Nick looking forward to the event with gusto: “I'm looking forward to abseiling down London's newest iconic building and, more importantly, raising money for the Commando Spirit Appeal on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. It's going to be a fun challenge. It's pretty high and as the outside of The Shard is all glass, it will be more difficult than abseiling down a rock face.”

Sally-Anne Hunter, Founder and Director of the Commando Spirit Appeal praised the efforts of those who will be attempting this incredible daunting and unique event in September, commenting on how proud she is regarding their commitment to the charity itself: “We are truly grateful to those who have stepped up to this unique opportunity to abseil from the pinnacle of The Shard and know that it will give Nick and all participants the chance to show their own Commando Spirit qualities of courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity.”

Help Nick raise money for Royal Marines and their families, whose quality of life can be bettered, due to the work the charity does on a daily basis by donating whatever you can to www.justgiving.com/Nick-Leventis.


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