Coming down to earth

14th November 2018

Demonstrating a great head for heights, three of our intrepid supporters recently undertook a sponsored abseil for us, raising a fantastic £700. Organiser Emma Smart takes up the story

Emma Smart fundraising abseil

“I’ve been keen to raise as much awareness as I can about meningitis and funds for Meningitis Now since my younger son Ellis contracted viral meningitis at just five days old. Thankfully he’s gone on to make a good recovery."

“I’ve held a Time 4 Tea and the nursery has also done a Toddle Waddle."

“Now it was time for the big one though – an abseil!"

“We did the abseil down our local church called St Mary's - it is the church linked to my eldest son's school too. The instructor said it was 92 feet."

Saw the impact

“I was joined by Emma Allen and Gabbie Smith. They both worked at the nursery that my children go to, or did in Jude’s case, so saw the impact of Ellis’s illness and how it affected all of us."

“The nursery has been amazing, both at the time and over the last year. They have done lots of events and the total for the year’s fundraising is just over £1,700. Emma and Gabbie wanted to support the charity and myself."

“It was quite cold and windy, so that made it all the more interesting when standing at the top waiting to go over the edge."

“A small crowd of friends and colleagues had gathered at the bottom and their cheers and heckles were needed to help us find the courage to step up on the ledge and lean back over. Our instructor was ace and talked us through each task in detail."

Coffee and chocolate

“In all it took about four minutes for us each to get down, where a much-needed coffee and chocolate was waiting."

“I had massively underestimated quite how high it was. My arms ached afterward as I had been gripping the ropes so tightly without realising it."

“But my fear was overcome and we raised over £700 between us. And, in our bright orange t shirts, hopefully a bit more awareness too!"

“I don't have anything else planned at the moment – I want to come down to earth first! - but I will keep going with raising awareness at my school by continuing to do assemblies to my sixth formers.”

Our Community Fundraising Manager Tracey Lee said, “Well done to Emma and the team on achieving this challenge and congratulations on the fundraising; £700 is a fantastic amount. I hope you’re all really pleased with the end result.”

Read Ellis’s meningitis story here.

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