Children in hospital were visited by a squad of superheroes who abseiled down the side of the building.
Batman, Thanos, Spiderman and the Joker descended from the top of the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh – stopping in the middle for a superhero versus villains ‘fight’ halfway down.
Young patients of the hospital looked on from the ward windows and the ground on Wednesday, December 15.
The stunt was organised by Edinburgh Rope Access in aid of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (EDHC) and raised £531.
Nicky Erskine, managing director of Edinburgh Rope Access, called the hospital patients ‘the real superheroes’.
Nicky said: “Abseiling down the side of a hospital isn’t for the faint-hearted but it is nothing compared to the challenges that children and young people staying here face with such courage every day.
“They are the real superheroes so we wanted to do our bit to spread some Christmas cheer, bring lots of smiles to those on the wards and raise funds for an incredibly worthy cause while we were at it.”
Victoria Buchanan from ECHC said: “Every year, we at ECHC work hard to bring the joy and magic of Christmas to children and young people in hospital by creating a fun-filled living advent calendar around the wards with a new surprise activity every day.
“We were determined to make our first Christmas in our new home the biggest yet – and the superhero abseil has definitely taken the wow factor to the next level.
“It was wonderful to see so many children’s faces light up when their favourite heroic character dropped by their bedroom window and gave them a wave.
“We are enormously grateful to the team from Edinburgh Rope Access for being such intrepid supporters.
“For those facing a hospital stay at this time of year, special events like this really do go a long way in spreading happiness and lifting everyone’s spirits.”
To support Edinburgh Rope Access’ fundraising efforts, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/edinburghsickkidsera
To find out more about ECHC’s Light Up Christmas appeal and to donate, visit www.echcharity.org/christmas