More than 50 brave fund-raisers took part in an adrenaline-filled challenge for HospiceCare North Northumberland, including a mother and daughter who tackled the stunt in memory of a loved one whose birthday would have been the following day.
The charity event was staged at the end of last month, as 56 people abseiled down the 60-foot-high Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle.
The first two people to sign up for the stunt were Charlotte Lobb and her nine-year-old daughter, Yeverin, from Felton.
For them, the daring descent was a particularly poignant occasion.
Charlotte said: “Last year, my mum Jennifer spent the last few months of her life receiving palliative care and wonderful support from the Hospice at Home nurses on the Isle of Man.
“The abseil was the day before her birthday and we thought it would be a fitting tribute for Yeverin and I to do the abseil while raising funds for our local hospice, in the knowledge that it costs more than £1,000 a day to keep the invaluable service to local communities in north Northumberland.”
Their efforts, along with the other dare-devil participants, has helped to raise more than £6,000 for HospiceCare, and money is still coming in from the hardy bunch of thrill-seeking supporters.
Rebecca Taylor, fund-raiser at HospiceCare, said: “It was a great day and there were even two people who travelled up from London to take part.
“The weather conditions were perfect and the views from the top of the Constable Tower over Bamburgh beach and to the Farne Islands were a stunning backdrop.”
“Although there were a few nerves at the top, everyone was amazing and all the supporters managed to do it under the professional guidance of the team at Adventure Northumberland.
“We would also like to thank Chris Calvert, director of Bamburgh Castle, for allowing us to hold this special event in our 20th anniversary year.”
HospiceCare is the main provider of palliative care in north Northumberland, delivering care and support to adults who have life-limiting illnesses – such as cancer, motor-neurone disease and other conditions – and to their families and carers.
HopsiceCare needs to raise more than £400,000 a year and will receive just nine per cent from the NHS, but even that isn’t guaranteed to continue.
The rest must be found through donations and fund-raising, which are both essential for the continuation and quality of the service that the charity provides.
For more information, contact HospiceCare on 01665 6065615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org