Calderdale College hosted their annual fresher’s fair on Wednesday 16th September, as part of this the college set up a charity Abseil in aid of Forget me Not Children’s Hospice. Four members of the External Funding Unit team jumped at this opportunity to face their fears and abseil the main Calderdale College building.
Altogether we managed to raise over £700 thanks to colleagues throughout the college, family, friends and sponsors from Lloyds Banking Group.
When speaking about the experience, Abbie Wyatt, Bid & Communications Coordinator for External Funding stated: “I’ve done Abseiling in the past but nothing like this before! It was a scary but rewarding experience and in the end the money we raised together goes to funding for a great charity. The support from colleagues, friends and family was overwhelming it was all worth it in the end!”
Sarah Ashbridge, Operations Officer comments: “I’ve done a lot of extreme sports in the past but this was a real personal challenge as someone who doesn’t like heights. It was a great team building experience and our colleagues were extremely generous with their sponsorship and support on the day of the event. Going over the top was the worst bit, but ultimately it was a really rewarding challenge, the students loved it, and a few even took the opportunity to get involved themselves. Hopefully it’ll be the first of many similar events for the college as it really created a buzz for both students and staff.”
Tammie Radcliffe, Lead Operations Officer says: “This was my first time ever to abseil; I honestly thought I would enjoy the
experience and want to do it again. In reality this was the most terrifying thing I have ever done. However once my feet were safely on the ground the sense of achievement in completing the challenge and raising funds for a great cause, quickly outweighed my fear.”
Alex Abel, Rapid Response Officer actually abseiled twice! She comments: “I have done a few abseils before but this was massive! The instructors were great, very reassuring and I went down first so I needed to look calm, they really helped. I enjoyed it so much that I did it twice. Thank you to all that sponsored me across the college”
For more information about Forget me net children hospice please visit: http://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/