Facing fears to support the Red Cross - The Solihull Observer

Facing fears to support the Red Cross

Solihull Editorial 4th Dec, 2016   0

A WHOPPING £8,000 and counting has been raised by 54 thrill-seekers who abseiled down the Custard Factory in support of the British Red Cross.

Lorna Poultney, Fundraising Intern for the Red Cross in the West Midlands was one of the first to take the plunge.

She said: “I had been putting off the idea of actually doing the abseil, as I am scared of heights, but when you spend weeks persuading others to face their fears, I decided to face mine.

“Leaning back over the edge was terrifying.

“The support and effort put in by participants not only to raise money for our charity, but also to dangle themselves down the side of 100ft drop, has been incredible.”

As the largest humanitarian charity in the world, the money raised through the Custard Factory Abseil will enable the Red Cross to help people whose lives have been devastated by crises and disasters both throughout the West Midlands and overseas.

From responding to widespread flooding, providing support at home for elderly people and training thousands of people in first aid in the UK to helping those affected by conflicts in Gaza and Israel, Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, the Red Cross makes a real and important difference to the lives of vulnerable people around the corner and across the world.

If you want to face your fears in the name of charity, there will be a chance to take part next year.

If you cannot wait that long, look out for other Red Cross abseiling and adrenaline events taking place across the country.

Visit: www.redcross.org.uk for more information.


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