Thursday 19 April 2018

Storm Abigail forces BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills to relocate charity abseil

Scott Mills being put through his paces at Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, Devon, ahead of his abseiling challenge
Scott Mills being put through his paces at Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, Devon, ahead of his abseiling challenge

Storm Abigail has forced BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills to change the location of his abseil for Children in Need due to safety concerns.

Mills was due to abseil down the 400ft Blackpool Tower to raise money for the charity, but a last-minute change means he will now be tackling the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London's Olympic Park.

"It's pretty much as high and looks a bit like a roller coaster, but not as fun," Mill said talking to the Press Association about the new venue.

He added: "The trouble is I was kind of ready for Blackpool because I've had it in my head for a long time, and they were showing me diagrams of it and what would happen, but now I have to use different equipment so all the training I've done is kind of useless."

To prepare for his abseil, Mills has been training with the Royal Marines which he described as equally challenging, adding: "After half an hour I just wanted to go home and cry."

He was heading to south London for an "emergency abseil" to learn how to use the new equipment which he said was "making me having a little panic really".

Writing on Twitter he admitted was scared, but added "I'm doing the abseil no matter where it is."

Sir Terry Wogan will be heading up the Children in Need evening for the BBC, with co-presenters Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes.

Other celebrities including One Direction, Dame Helen Mirren, David Tennant, Martin Freeman and Ellie Goulding are also supporting the campaign.

On appeal night, singer Jess Glynne will sing the official BBC Children in Need single, Take Me Home.

Sir Terry, BBC Children In Need life president, said: "It was my privilege to present the very first BBC Children In Need in 1980 and it remains a privilege and a pleasure to reflect the extraordinary generosity of the British public.

"For that's what BBC Children In Need has truly become: the People's Charity."

He added: "Tess, Fearne, Nick, Rochelle and I are looking forward to a mind-blowing evening of great entertainment on behalf of a great charity."

:: Children In Need airs on Friday November 13 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Press Association

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