Staff members at Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole were among a group of brave fundraisers who abseiled down Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower last week to help raise money for the charity which supports local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Sally Church, who is Day Hospice Team Leader and Vikkie Richmond, a Fundraising Administrator at the hospice, have so far raised nearly £2,000 between them, having finally managed to complete the 100 metre abseil after it was previously postponed in April due to bad weather.
Sally Church said, “It was scary, amazing, exhilarating, exciting, horrifying and all those other words that best describe one of the great moments in your life”, while Vikkie described it as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to.”
Sally added, “Being the Day Hospice Team Leader I see all the good work that we do. The patients are so very special and they deserve the very best care possible. It is only with people helping the Fundraising Team that we continue to provide this.”
Pippa Leech, Associate Marketing Co-ordinator at Savills in Canford Cliffs, was also part of the group supporting Lewis-Manning and was the lucky recipient of some extra donations on the day. Pippa said, ““I was very surprised and thrilled to receive £70 on the day from the general public watching – making my final total of sponsorship as £850.
Due to overwhelming demand, Lewis-Manning is already taking bookings for next year’s abseil and anyone interested should contact Vikkie Richmond on 01202 708470.