21 November 2013

Newcross team takes on daring abseil challenge to raise funds for charity

A daring Newcross team from Exeter branch put their nerves to the test and abseiled the full 80ft down Princesshay car park in central Exeter on 20th October 2013.

Team members Violet Shabytah, Becky Coulson, Tim Mattingly (HCA), Natalie Claydon (RGN) and her father, all took part in this exciting event, despite initial trepidation at the scale of the challenge ahead!

The brave team took the plunge to raise funds for the West of England Foundation, which provides a range of specialist care and education for young people and adults with visual impairments, from short-term respite breaks to full residential care throughout the academic year.


Left - Rebecca looking terrified but relieved that she's done it! Right - the 80 ft wall of the car park with Violet on her way down, the rest of the team are already at the bottom!

The event was initially postponed due to heavy storms and torrential rain, but the team of 5 were determined to take part in raising money for such a great organisation. Finally, on 20th October (when the weather conditions allowed) they completed the daunting 80ft abseil.

Rebecca Coulson, Exeter team leader, said "'I was terrified when I got to the top and the worst part was stepping backwards down the wall! The relief I felt when my feet hit the ground was amazing! But it is all in aid of a great cause."

The team successfully raised in the region of £300 in aid of the WESC Foundation.

South West Regional Manager, Mandy Hamilton, says, "I'm proud of the Exeter team successfully completing the abseil to raise money for such a worthy cause. At Newcross, we believe in supporting local organisations where we can, plus we have fun doing something a little daring!"