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Abseil aims to smash £12,000 benchmark

By KentOnline reporter

The KM Charity Team aims to raise the bar with a high-altitude fundraising challenge later this year.

83-year-old former Royal Marine Albert Tweddle from Sandwich taking part in the KM Charity Team's Spring Abseil challenge
83-year-old former Royal Marine Albert Tweddle from Sandwich taking part in the KM Charity Team's Spring Abseil challenge

Its Winter Abseil takes place on Saturday, October 5, and the charity is looking for fans of adrenaline pursuits to help it beat the £12,000 raised through its Spring Abseil in July.

Event coordinator Dominic Comins said: “This is a unique event – nobody else is organising fundraising abseils in Kent this year.

“So it really provides a great opportunity for charities to optimise their fundraising profile and opportunities, expanding the range and number of people who might take on or sponsor challenge events on their behalf.”

Booking is now open for October’s event, which takes place at 100-foot-high Thomas Place in Maidstone. It is supported by Housing & Care 21 and Maidstone Scaffolding.

Participants, who must be at least 14, can raise money for any charity of their choice, and should set a sponsorship target of at least £75 – with 70 per cent of the money going to their chosen causes, and 30 per cent helping to fund the KM Charity Team’s literacy and green-travel schemes.

Mr Comins added: “Forty-five people took part in our Spring Abseil, ranging in age from a 14-year-old girl scout to an 83-year-old former Royal Marine.

“And the good causes that benefitted included the Royal Marines Charity, the RNLI, Down’s syndrome charity 21 Together, Mencap, Victim Support, the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice and Eva’s Angels.

“It would be absolutely fantastic if we could raise even more money this time, and help even more charities provide support and services to their beneficiaries.”

Find out more here or by contacting Dominic Comins on 0844 264 0291 or at DComins@inspireschools.org.uk.

And watch a video about the Spring Abseil here:

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