Hundred abseil off multi-storey hospital

HEARTS beating fast with fear and anticipation, more than 800 people climbed to the top of Ipswich Hospital's maternity block- and abseiled off.The crowds took part in the annual sponsored abseil to raise money for a host of various charities.

By Tracey Sparling

HEARTS beating fast with fear and anticipation, more than 800 people climbed to the top of Ipswich Hospital's maternity block – and abseiled off.

The crowds took part in the annual sponsored abseil to raise money for a host of various charities.

The event, on Saturday and yesterday, saw Sainsbury's staff participating to raise cash for the Evening Star's £100,000 fund for young heroine, Terri Calvesbert, who was burned as a baby in a house fire.


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Ipswich girl Kirsty Vale, as featured in the Evening Star, left behind her wheelchair to help Terri too.

More than 60 people turned up to support the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, by taking part in the nerve-wracking abseil.

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The charity has raised more than £30,000 from the event during the past four years and hoped to collect a further £5,000 this time.

Among those taking part in this year's abseil was an 87-year-old great-grandfather.

Gina Cooper, secretary for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, said: "People come from all walks of life. It's quite a challenge and I am full of admiration of the people who do it. A lot of people are very nervous when they get to the top, but they all manage to come down."

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