Wednesday 5 September 2018

Emmaus Hertfordshire take on Abseil Challenge for Emmaus UK

Lin Oh and Robert Branson

Two people at Emmaus Hertfordshire will be taking on a 220ft abseil challenge on Friday 7 September 2018 to help raise funds that will go towards building new rooms in Emmaus communities across the UK.

The #DropFromTheTop abseil challenge, which is organised by Emmaus UK, will see 42 people descend 200ft down the Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham city centre. All funds raised by the brave participants will go towards building new rooms in Emmaus communities for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.  


Taking on the challenge from Emmaus Hertfordshire is Community Operation Manager Lin Oh and Emmaus companion Robert Branson. 

Rob has lived and worked at the Emmaus Hertfordshire community since October 2014 following the loss of his son and an 11 year struggle with depression and self-harming. Rob's full Emmaus story can be found here.  

With the support of Emmaus, Rob is now in a better place and would like to give back to the charity that helped him: 

"Since I've been here, the staff have been so supportive. They've encouraged me to see counsellors and I really needed that. I'm doing a lot better and dealing with my demons head on."

Community Operation Manager, Lin, is also taking on the challenge with Rob:

"I have never done anything like this before but I have always wanted to dangle 200ft up in the air and raising money for a worthwhile cause at the same time doesn't make it sound so insane." 

The Emmaus UK Abseil Challenge at Holiday Inn Express - Snow Hill, Birmingham will help raise vital funds to enable Emmaus to continue its work in providing accommodation, work experience and training for formerly homeless adults across the UK. 

To support Lin, please visit here. To support Rob, please visit here.  

To find out more about Emmaus Hertfordshire, please visit