Aico Abseil in support of The Movement Centre

Oswestry-based company, Aico, have recently hosted an abseiling challenge in  aid of local charity, The Movement Centre. Alongside other businesses from  across Shropshire, Aico and HomeLINK colleagues challenged themselves to  scale the side of their 60-foot headquarters, raising over £2,200 for the charity. 

With Aico’s prominent headquarters becoming a well-known landmark in  Oswestry, it provided the perfect setting to host the abseiling event. With 50  spaces available, Aico were joined by other local businesses who were keen to  get involved with this amazing cause, including Pave Aways, Adrenaline  Sporting Events, Willowdene Rehabilitation, Furrows Group, Shropshire  Chamber of Commerce, Sol Distribution, Beaumont Wealth, Borders Physio,  BBC Radio Shropshire and HSBC.  

Deryn Ellis-Thomas, Marketing Executive for Aico, who completed the abseil  comments “Corporate Social Responsibility is such a crucial part of the ethos at  Aico, and to be part of such a large group of supporters from local businesses  was fantastic. The Movement Centre are an incredible charity that change the  lives of children with movement disabilities, and while dangling off our 60-foot  building certainly isn’t a typical Monday, it was definitely memorable and  worthwhile to raise vital funds.” 

Everyone who took part had the support of their families, friends, and  colleagues, cheering them on from the car park below; also amongst the  spectators was five year-old Wilson and his family, who are currently receiving  support from The Movement Centre and dropped by to support the abseilers  before Wilson’s therapy session. 

Aico have a longstanding relationship with The Movement Centre, and have  shown continued support through fundraising activities and donations,  organised as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Aico in  the Community. Understanding the financial difficulties that all charities have  faced during the pandemic, Aico recognise that the need to give back to their  local communities is more important than ever.  

Johnny Wilkes, CEO of The Movement Centre, says of the event “We were  delighted to be invited to attend the Aico Charity Abseil today and meet the  Aico staff who had volunteered as well as those from other organisations. The 


event was very well organised, and we were very impressed with the bravery of  everyone who went outside of their comfort zone to complete the abseil – well  done and a massive thank you for raising funds for our charity; it really does  make a huge difference! Team Aico leading the way….” 

The Movement Centre is a specialist treatment centre, dedicated to supporting  children with movement disabilities and their families. The targeted training  provided through the charity is bespoke to each child and is designed to  improve movement control and independence. To find out more, visit: www.the