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Abseilers hit funding heights

CHILDREN with life-shortening conditions have been helped by hundreds of abseilers at Arundel Castle.


The exclusive event saw £120,000 raised by 400 people for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.


That amount will pay for more than 17 days of care at the hospice and is a fitting way to help to celebrate its 15th birthday. Those who signed up for the 180ft abseil wanted to overcome a fear of heights, raise money for a worthwhile cause, overcome a fear of heights or enjoy the wonder of abseiling from one of West Sussex’s most popular landmarks.


Jo Goddard, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “There were emotional moments over the two days as we watched people overcome fears, abseil in memory of a loved one, or simply enjoy the moment of doing something special to raise money for us in our 15th year.


Each participant was asked to raise £285 – the amount needed by the hospice every hour. The highest fundraiser brought in more than £5,000.


Among those who took part was Sean Carter. He overcame his fear of heights to thank Chestnut Tree House for caring for his son. He said: “The hospice is an amazing place.


“My son spends time there and I wanted to do something for him and for them.”


Others who took part included Sussex Police’s Chief Constable, Giles York, and Caroline Nicholls, the High Sheriff of West Sussex.


The abseil was last held by the hospice 11 years ago. Chestnut Tree Hospice opened on November 11, 2003, and provides care and support to about 300 children.

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