Daredevils abseil hospital block to raise funds for breast care centre

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Angela and Perri Daniel. Pictu

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Angela and Perri Daniel - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

More than 200 people abseiled down Ipswich Hospital's maternity block this weekend to help raise funds for a new breast care unit.

The daring participants descended 135ft to help raise the £6.2million needed to build the Breast Care Centre, which will combine three hospital departments into one clinic.

Ciara Dales taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ciara Dales taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Sandra Gosney, the community fundraising manager at Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “The abseil participants are fundraising for The Blossom Appeal to build a dedicated Breast Care Centre for our community. 

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Crowds clapped as people abseiled down the maternity block of Ipswich hospital. Picture: Sarah Lucy

Crowds clapped as people abseiled down the maternity block of Ipswich hospital. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

“The centre is currently being built, and ironically, it's actually adjacent to the 135-foot maternity tower, so our participants are able to see it!” 

Ms Gosney said that their aim is to raise the final £500,000 out of £6.2million. 

More than £5.7million has already been secured towards the overall cost through donations to The Blossom Appeal and NHS funding from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which run Ipswich Hospital. 

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ms Gosney said: “The initiative has been extremely well coordinated. We've been all involved, along with the trust, with the staff and with the patient group. 

“The groups have met to discuss the best way forward. Everybody's views have been considered about what is needed in the centre. 

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Nick Dales with Ciara who comple

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Nick Dales with Ciara who completed the Abseil - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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“We also want to ensure that the environment meets the high standards of care that we receive from the team. 

"There's going to be some art in the centre. The furniture is going to be of a high standard.  

Ciara Dales after completing her abseil. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ciara Dales after completing her abseil. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

"We'll have a quiet space, which was deemed very important to the patients. There's also a garden space.” 

Some of the money will also go towards new equipment and training. 

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Perri Daniel taking part in The Extreme Abseil at Ipswich Hospital. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ms Gosney added: “With fingers crossed, there's nothing confirmed, but we are looking at a date around January 2023 to open the centre.”