The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has triumphed at the annual National Fundraising Awards winning a coveted Institute of Fundraising Award 2016, for best use of events in conjunction with charity partner the Outward Bound Trust.

Between them the charities devised and executed City Three Peaks, one of the most ambitious fundraising events the City of London had ever seen. On Monday 7 September 2015,  40 plucky men and women could be seen on the London skyline abseiling three of the capital’s most iconic buildings; 30 St. Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street – otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie.

With 564m/1916ft of descent, City Three Peaks was the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time that anyone had abseiled these three buildings before. City Three Peaks raised over £2 million for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Vice Patron Sir Michael Hintze was among those taking part.

The judging panel, comprising many of the UK’s most seasoned and celebrated fundraisers, praised the execution and delivery of a truly unique event which demonstrated excellent partnership working between the two charities and three buildings to benefit serving and former naval personnel and their families and young people throughout the UK, for years to come.

The National Fundraising Awards are the only accolades in the sector that recognise and reward fundraising excellence and best practice, celebrating the truly great work carried out by UK fundraisers every single day. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity was the only military charity to win an award at the event, though RNRMC Group Charity member, The Royal Marines Charity was shortlisted in the category of Best Business Partnership.

Chief Executive of the charity, Robert Robson, who attended the awards evening with some of the Royal Marine Mountain Leaders who’d been on hand to support the event, could not have been happier: “An enormous of hard work and commitment from both charities led to this event taking place. It is a fitting tribute to all of them and to those who took a leap of faith off the side of The Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Walkie-Talkie to be recognised in this way. We are very proud indeed to share the award for the best fundraising event of last year with our friends at the Outward Bound Trust and will continue to look for unusual and imaginative ways in which our supporters can raise money for us.”