10:36 Wednesday 21 May 2014

Abseil at Ely College raises over £9,000 for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Written byJORDAN DAY

Darren Ward abseiling down Ely College's Needham's Tower Darren Ward abseiling down Ely College's Needham's Tower

Daredevils have raised more than £9,000 for Addenbrooke’s Hospital by abseiling 100ft down a building in Ely.

A total of 50 people took part in the first ever Action Heroes Abseil at Ely College.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), the only dedicated charity for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals, organised the event to raise funds for areas of greatest and most urgent patient need across the hospitals.

Participants, many of whom wore action hero fancy dress costumes, were the first and last to abseil down Ely College’s 100ft Needham’s Tower, which will soon be demolished as part of a major refurbishment programme at the school.

The event, which was supported by former patients, hospital staff and their family and friends has raised more than £9,000 to help make a difference for patients.

Darren Ward, a health care assistant on Ward G6 – delirium and dementia ward - was a real action hero in his Top Gun inspired outfit.

He said: “It was great to take part in the first ever Action Heroes Abseil. It was good fun and I’d definitely do it again.

“I have raised over £900 to help towards upgrading the environment on the ward to make it more dementia friendly. Thank you to everyone who supported me.”

Michelle Gray, head of community fundraising at ACT, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount raised. The turnout on the day was fantastic and the atmosphere was buzzing.

“Thank you so much to everyone who was brave enough to take part and all those who generously sponsored them.

“The money raised will help make a significant difference for patients across the Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie.”

To find out more about ACT, call (01223) 217757 or visit www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk.

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