Abseilers of all ages raise thousands for charity

Lesley Legg taking part for Offham disabilities charity Spadework. Picture: Encade

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Brave-hearted fundraisers generated thousands of pounds for good causes at the KM Winter Abseil on Saturday (October 5).

Organised by the KM Charity Team, the event took place at Thomas Place in Maidstone, with participants descending from the top of the 100-foot landmark under the supervision of abseiling experts from Hatt Adventures.

A total of 24 people took part for 10 charities.

The youngest participant was Grace Clark, aged 11 and from Chesham, who made a spontaneous decision to take on the challenge after watching her dad, Jamie Clark, complete it for Bromley Mencap.

Among the more mature abseilers, Beverley Perkins, 67, from Ramsgate, took part for the Ramsgate Society.

Beverley, who is the society’s treasurer, completed the event without putting a hair out of place, revealing while kitting up for the descent that while she had never done an abseil before she had completed 27 sky-dives.

The largest group to take part was a 10-person team from various offices of Kent law firm Martin Tolhurst, who were raising money for North Kent Mind.

Event coordinator Dominic Comins said: “Many congratulations to all those fearless individuals who took part in our winter abseil.

“The money they raised will make a real difference to their chosen charities and the people and communities that they serve.”

The following charities benefitted from the event: Pilgrims Hospice, Spadework, North Kent Mind, Bromley Mencap, Victim Support, the Ramsgate Society, Friends of Ellington Park, Space 2 Be Me, Pancreatic Cancer UK and MS Swale.

The next KM Charity Team challenge event is the Maidstone heat of the KM Big Charity Quiz, which takes place at Maidstone Leisure Centre in Mote Park on Friday, November 8.

Tables for teams of up to eight people cost £65, but there is a £10 discount when you book online using the code KMNEWS19. For bookings and further information, see www.KmBigQuiz.co.uk.

The KM Charity Team’s next abseil takes place back at Thomas Place in Maidstone on Saturday, March 21.

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