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Thrill seeker can’t wait for abseil

By KentOnline reporter

A thrill-seeking employee of Kent Online’s charity of the year says she can’t wait to take part in the county’s only fundraising abseil of 2019 this weekend.

Tayler Mason will be doing the KM Spring Abseil on Sunday, March 17, for Victim Support, for whom she works as an initial response officer.

She said: “I can’t wait. I am nervous, but I’m looking forward to it very much.

Tayler Mason, senior service delivery manager Rebekah Vela-Castro, initial response officer Jessica Cressey and service delivery manger David Grinper (7238864)
Tayler Mason, senior service delivery manager Rebekah Vela-Castro, initial response officer Jessica Cressey and service delivery manger David Grinper (7238864)

“I like this sort of thing with all the adrenaline, and I want to raise funds and do something exciting for Victim Support, get our name out there, and be with other people who also work or volunteer for the charity.”

“I would love to do a sky-dive but I’m not sure my partner is going to let me do that.”

With no other charity abseil taking place in Kent this year, the challenge offers a unique opportunity for adventure-seeking individuals to raise funds for their favourite good causes.

It takes place at Thomas Place in Maidstone, close to the Gallagher Stadium and the Kent History and Library Centre, where there will be a 100ft drop.

Tayler, who lives and works in Ashford and will be joined by a colleague and a volunteer from Victim Support, said fundraising challenges such as the KM Spring Abseil were a vital source of revenue for the charity.

She added: “We offer support to people affected by crime, answer their questions, refer them to other agencies, and provide security items.

“We have to fund the security items and extra bits, and we are a charity at the end of the day, so everything counts.”

Event coordinator Dominic Comins said: “I really hope Tayler enjoys her day at the abseil, and wish her luck in achieving her fundraising goals.

“Victim Support is such an excellent organisation, doing such valuable work helping people get back on their feet after traumatic experiences.

“To anyone else tempted to follow Tayler’s lead, I would say book now before the remaining tickets sell out – you won’t get another chance to do something like this in Kent this year.”

Tickets for the abseil, which is supported by Housing & Care 21, Maidstone Scaffolding and Specsavers, cost £25, but there is a £5 discount when using the booking code KMNews19.

You need to be over 14 to take part, and no more than 16 stone in weight.

Participants can raise money for charities of their choice, and the person who raises the most money will win a £150 Eurotunnel voucher.

See www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking.

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