Charity abseil from highest building

WHATEVER you do… DON'T LOOK DOWN.It is already on course to become the tallest building in Ipswich and now The Mill it is set to host the first ever national abseil event.

WHATEVER you do… DON'T LOOK DOWN.

It is already on course to become the tallest building in Ipswich and now The Mill it is set to host the first ever national abseil event.

The waterfront building has been confirmed as one of eight venues to host One Big Drop in June to raise money for a children's charity.

It is hoped the nationwide event on Sunday, June 14 will raise more than �100,000 for Children with Leukemia.


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The target here is to find 75 dare devils to abseil the daunting 71 metre (234 feet) tall building all in the name of the good cause.

The Mill dwarfs Ipswich Hospital's maternity ward - the location of the annual Ipswich charity abseil, which measures a meagre 46m (150ft) in comparison.

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But the building falls a little short of the10,000ft height from which world record holder Ian Ashpole abseiled in 1996. He descended a 1600 feet rope from a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The aim in Ipswich is for brave volunteers to join 525 other people across the country abseiling on the same day to raise money and awareness of the charity.

The sites chosen for the co-ordinated abseil in eight major towns and cities spell the word children, with Cardiff, Huddersfield, Ipswich, London, Derby, Reading, Exeter and Nottingham taking part.

No experience of abseiling is necessary to take part and full instruction will be given on the day by a qualified team from charity challenge company, Classic Tours.

Participants can register for the event by paying a �30 registration fee and there is a minimum sponsorship level of �300 to take part.

For more information about the event please contact Gina Thomas on 020 7619 0066 ext 207 or gina@classictours.co.uk.

n. Let us know if you are going to take part in the abseil. Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

The Mill

The Mill is located on the site of the old Cranfields Mill stands 23 stories tall.

It houses 330 apartments and a �7.9 million state-of-the-art studio for Ipswich-based dance company DanceEast.

Abseiling fundraisers will get a stunning panoramic view of most of South East Suffolk.

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