Thrill-seeking fundraisers from Canterbury took the plunge at an abseil challenge on Sunday and raised £6,700 for good causes. Fifty-eight brave souls descended from the balcony of the Channel Suite at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone to help 18 charitable organisations. Double daredevil Holly Hemsley of Canterbury beat the drop twice for two different charities, raising £107 for Includes Us 2 and £80 for the East Kent Rape Line. The biggest individual fund-raiser was Vinca Peterson, from Ramsgate, who raised £541 for Future Youth Project. Her prize was two tickets to the award-winning Jersey Boys musical in London’s West End plus dinner and a stay at the Cayendish Hotel, Piccadilly, courtesy of Superbreaks. Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team said:
“The abseil by the beach was an unforgettable experience for our participants. They were excited to be there and passionate about their chosen causes.”
The knee-knocking challenge was organised by the KM’s charity department and supported by Al Level Scaffolding and Holiday Extras. Sunday’s fundraising abseilers could also be on their way to winning a limited edition KM Brain and Brawn Triathlon T-shirt and other prizes. To qualify for the KM Brain and Brawn challenge, participants must complete three different KM challenges in the same calendar year. The challenges include the KM absells, KM Big Quiz events, KM Dragon Boat Race, KM Big Bike Ride, KM Charity Wall’ or the new KM Assault Course Challenge. For more details visit www.kmcharityteam.co.uk Charities and good causes that would like to team up with the KM Charity Team to support their fundraising should call Mr Dolby on 07989 164752.
Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014