An Amersham man has abseiled down London’s Broadgate Tower in aid of the Epilepsy Society.

Carl Charlesworth went down the 500ft tower on August 31 and has currently raised £200 of his £275 target.

He has been working with the charity for five years and has seen the work and research they do first-hand which motivated him to take part in the nerve-wracking challenge.

He said: “This was the first time I had abseiled down a structure as tall as Broadgate Tower and while I’m not scared of heights, it was quite daunting!”

Carl’s wife Leah, his two children and staff from the charity cheered him on from the bottom of the structure.

The charity has been looking at genomic sequencing to help discover the mechanisms behind Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), and the money raised will be able to fund research for this.

Epilepsy affects 600,000 people in the UK with SUDEP affecting one in 1,000 sufferers.

As well as abseiling down for the charity, a ‘bake seil’ with a colleague who is doing the Great North Run for the charity this weekend, also saw cash get raised for the organisation.

Carl added: “It's a cause I'm more than happy to raise money for.

“I'm hoping that my fundraising can help Epilepsy Society understand the mechanisms behind SUDEP, who is at greatest risk and how we can prevent it."

To donate to Carl’s abseil visit, fundraising/carl-charlesworth.