Live life on the edge and get on our Roll of Honour

IPSWICH: Daredevils and thrill seekers were today urged to sign up to step over the edge of one of Ipswich’s tallest buildings next month – all in the name of charity.

This year The Evening Star is teaming up with the organisers to create a special Roll of Honour to commemorate all those taking on the challenge to raise money for their chosen worthy cause.

This year marks the 15th charity abseil to be held at Ipswich Hospital.

So far more than 300 people have signed up to take part, travelling 150ft down the side of the maternity block, setting aside their fears to help others.

The abseil has raised more than �1.4million for more than 350 different charities and good causes.

This year the event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11.

The Star’s news editor Russell Cook said the new Roll of Honour is about giving each and every fundraiser the recognition they deserve.

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“This is a fantastic event,” he said. “It is a great way of putting yourself to the test and raising money for deserving charities at the same time.

“It is always great to hear people’s stories, what inspires them to take on the challenge and their excitement at completing it.

“The Roll of Honour is a great way for us all to recognise each and every one of the fundraisers.”

Organisers Main Event Group Activities (MEGA) said they are hoping more people will sign up to take part.

Ageing from 12 to 78-years-old, this year’s participants have all chosen the charities they will support before taking on the abseil.

A spokesman for MEGA said they hope to see even more raised this year than last.

He said: “Participants select the charity of their choice, making it an ideal way for the many local, regional and national fundraising groups represented to raise much needed funds.

“One hundred per cent of the sponsor monies are sent by the participants direct to the charity they have chosen to support. I think the Roll of Honour will be a great addition to the recognition, that people taking part all deserve.”

Participants are given training and instruction to ensure they are fully equipped to take on the descent.

If you would like to take part or would like more information about the abseil contact MEGA on 0870 07661100 or e-mail

Application forms can be found at

n To get your name on the Star’s Roll of Honour all you need to do is enter and complete the challenge. When filling out the event questionnaire all you need to do is tick the box to say you want your name included and you will be featured in the paper.