Saturday, 10 October 2015

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Penrith accountancy staff abseil for charity

Dressed in the seven colours of the rainbow, the girls from Dodd & Co in Penrith took a huge leap of faith to help raise £1,000 for a local charity.

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Back, from left, Emma Thwaytes, Debs Hirst, Vicky Chaloner, Sue Rylands, Becky Brewster and Alex Hart; front: Sue Turner and Hannah Smith

The women, who all work at the accountancy firm’s Penrith office, put their courage to the test by abseiling down Carlisle’s Civic Centre.

The aim was to raise around £1,000 for the BEEP (Birbeck Emergency Equipment for Patients) fund, which provides rapid response to accidents and emergencies in the rural areas around Penrith.

The abseil was the idea of Debs Hirst, who roped in colleagues Becky Brewster, Sue Rylands, Sue Turner, Hannah Smith, Emma Thwaytes and Vicky Chaloner to join her.

Becky’s boyfriend Alex Hart, from Hart Distribution in Penrith, also volunteered to take part and the eight-strong group made their wary ascent to the top of the city skyline on Sunday, October 4.

Initially, Debs had said she would go first but, after getting to the top and looking down, nerves started to get the better of her. Instead Becky took the plunge.

The conditions were windy, though thankfully much better than the stormy weather to hit Cumbria the day before.

“It was very windy. When you got to the fourth floor down it caught everyone out,” said Becky.

“I actually blew right round the corner of the building, which was a bit scary. But it was also really exhilarating and a brilliant team event.

“It was a clear day so you could see for miles. It was amazing – but I wouldn’t do it again!”

The team are still collecting the donations towards their total and are also holding mini fundraising events in the office to help boost the final figure.

Debs Hirst said it was just the latest in a series of fundraising activities at Dodd & Co.

She said: “The whole office participates in charity fundraising throughout the year and we have been involved with Race For Life, Jeans for Genes, the Moonlight Walk and many others.

“A few of us wanted a bigger challenge this year so we signed up to do the Civic Centre abseil in Carlisle,” added Debs.

“Everyone was amazing as there was some genuinely frightened people who overcame their fear of heights to take part.”



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