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Abseilers take a leap with Vicky in mind

PUBLISHED: 15:06 09 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

By Victoria Knowles

victoria.knowles@ecng.co.uk

MEMORIES of Vicky Hall spurred on some of the 1,600 people who took a huge step off Ipswich Hospital's maternity block in a sponsored abseil.

By Victoria Knowles

victoria.knowles@ecng.co.uk

MEMORIES of Vicky Hall spurred on some of the 1,600 people who took a huge step off Ipswich Hospital's maternity block in a sponsored abseil.

One of the participants of the marathon weekend event was Lorinda Hall of Trimley St Mary, whose teenage daughter was murdered in 1999.

Mrs Hall said her idea to do the abseil went from strength to strength.

She said: "It just started to snowball, I have done other things to raise money for Vicky's memorial and this seemed like a good idea at the time.

"I am doing it with my friends Lisa Symonds and John and Chrissy Driver. They are lifelong friends and knew Vicky well.

"Lisa and I were pregnant at the same time and so she knew Vicky since she was born."

Mrs Hall was extremely calm before the event and vowed that she would get to the bottom.

Lisa Symonds said: "I am terrified but I promised I would do it."

She has raised at least £1,300 for Vicky's memorial and is hoping the total will reach £1,500.

The Vicky Hall memorial has raised thousands of pounds so far. "The memorial is doing nicely but any money we can raise for it today will be brilliant," said Mrs Hall.

When Mrs Symonds reached the bottom, she paid tribute to Vicky and said: "It was Vicky who got me down there. I had a little cry at the top but it was all for our Vicky."

This is the sixth year that the abseil has been held. Last year the event raised more than £127,000 and the total amount so far raised for good causes is more than £300,000.

The event, which was organised by locally based Main Event ran from 7am to 7pm and all ages from ten to 87 were welcome to have a go. It is recognised as the biggest of its type in the UK and participants can raise money for one of the Main Event selected charities, or a charity of their choice.

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