Russell family prepares to power up the Obel Tower

Cindy and Jilly Russell from Holywood, along with a group of friends and family, are preparing to take part in Northern Ireland’s first ever charity stair climb event to help raise funds for CLIC Sargent's Homes from Home Appeal.

Russell family prepares to power up the Obel Tower

Power up the Tower will see participant’s race up all 28 floors of Ireland’s tallest building, The Obel, as fast as they can on Saturday 19 October.

The event is particularly significant for the Russell family as they know first-hand the importance of the work CLIC Sargent do.

Cindy said: “My daughter Katy was 24 when she died from cancer last year. The whole family is so thankful for the kindness shown to Katy by her CLIC Sargent social worker; she was just fantastic with her.

“We wanted to take part in Power up the Tower to raise money for the Homes from Home Appeal because we know how important those houses will be for families. After Katy had chemo all she wanted to do was get straight home and go to bed. We were lucky because we could be home in 10 minutes, but a lot of young people would have faced an hour long journey before they could get to their beds.”

The Home from Home Appeal

CLIC Sargent is Northern Ireland’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer and the Homes from Home Appeal aims to build two specialist houses close to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Belfast City Hospital Northern Ireland Cancer Centre that can be used by families of children and young people that are undergoing cancer treatment.

The houses will be provided to families free of charge and offers them the ability to remain close to their loved ones while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together.

Construction of the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home is now underway and is expected to be completed by December 2013, with families being able to use the house in early 2014. But fundraising is still required for the teenager and young adult Home from Home.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Christine McClune encourages anyone who wants to try something new to sign up for the event. She said: “We’re really excited about Power up the Tower as it is a brand new event and a fantastic chance to raise money for our Homes from Home Appeal.

"Tower running is really taking off around the world and it is great to be able to bring it to Ireland’s tallest building."

Take on The Obel Tower

Sign up today to take part in the Power up the Tower in aid of CLIC Sargent's Home from Home Appeal.

The registration fee for this event is £25 and we encourage participants to raise £150 or more for CLIC Sargent.

Find out more

For more information about this event, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Christine McClune on 0289 0725 780 or email: