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Safehands signs up for charity abseil for National Star

PUBLISHED: 15:12 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 14 September 2018

Katie Armstrong (centre) MD of Safehands Recruitment, is taking part in a sponsored abseil with a company team

Katie Armstrong (centre) MD of Safehands Recruitment, is taking part in a sponsored abseil with a company team


A managing director of a recruitment agency is tackling her fear of heights to say thank you to one of the company’s first major clients

When Katie Armstrong launched Safehands Recruitment in Cheltenham almost six years ago, National Star, which supports young people with complex disabilities helping them to lead fulfilling, independent lives, was one of her first major clients.

Since then Safehands Recruitment, which is a specialist Recruitment agency that solely concentrates on supplying staff into the health and social care industry, has grown. Now it has six offices and employs 35 permanent staff and more than 500 temporary staff.

To say thank you, Katie, along with a Safehands team of five, is taking part in a charity abseil at Eastnor Castle, in aid of Cheltenham-based National Star.

The last time Katie, aged 34, did an abseil was almost 20 years ago. It took the then teenaged Katie two hours to abseil down her school building. “I cried all the way,” she admits.

She is more optimistic about the abseil down the 100ft turrets on September 22. The main reason because she will have support from her Safehands team.

“The National Star abseil is a great team building event. It’s a chance for our team to get to know each other better and, more importantly, support each other,” said Katie.

Other members of Safehands Recruitment will join the event with their families at Eastnor Castle. There will be food, entertainment and a range of activities on offer for companies supporting National Star.

“We ensure we spend time with the Safehands team and in return they consider Safehands not only where they work but also a family,” said Katie.

Other members of the Safehands team so far include: Hayley and Brian Phelps, Becky Lawrence and Charlotte Armstrong. They hope to raise £1,000 in sponsorship.

“I love the ethos of National Star and anything myself or my team can do at Safehands to support that then we’re 100% willing. I’d like to challenge other MDs to join me on the turrets and support this great charity,” said Katie.

It costs £20 to register for the abseil, which takes place on Saturday, September 22, and minimum sponsorship is £100. You can sign up at nationalstar.org/abseil. Training will be provided on the day.

Click here to sponsor Katie Armstrong and the Safehands team.

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