Abseiling sends funds through the roof

DIZZY heights awaited security worker Jason Duffee when he abseiled down Ipswich Hospital to raise money for a Suffolk school charity.Jason, who works as a service engineer, scaled down Ipswich Hospital's maternity block in order to raise funds for the primary school in Wetheringsett, which his two daughters attend.

DIZZY heights awaited security worker Jason Duffee when he abseiled down Ipswich Hospital to raise money for a Suffolk school charity.

Jason, who works as a service engineer, scaled down Ipswich Hospital's maternity block in order to raise funds for the primary school in Wetheringsett, which his two daughters attend. 

The school, Wetheringsett CE VCP, has been raising money for the last year to fund a recent extension, for which the schools' PTA has raised an astounding £18,000. 

The bulk of the project was funded under the DfEE New Deal for Schools initiative, with additional support from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury.

Other fundraising activities have been organised including a grand draw and even a classical musical concert with performances from talented grandparents in the area.

Sharon Jones, PTA chairwoman, said: "Without the help of the local community there is no way we could have raised the money.  Jason and the other parents raised over £600, one of the largest amounts raised at a single event.  Their contribution has made a massive difference to the overall target.  I'd like to thank them and everyone else who has donated so generously for their support."

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Jason Duffee had a special thank you of his own: "I'm really pleased that I was able to contribute to such a worthy cause and it's thanks to the ADT Norwich staff and engineers for their support and sponsorship.  The majority of the money I raised came from my colleagues and it`s great that they were behind me.  I could have done with them when I was up there though because it was quite scary!"

The fundraising still continues for the school as there is still one class, the tiny tots, who are without an activity room.  The next event is a quiz night on the 23rd November, at 7pm, in Wetheringsett Village Hall..

To obtain tickets for the quiz night call Sharon Jones on 01449 766139.

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