Young people take part in charity abseil

Published on 29 October 2015

YOUNG people from city youth centres in Netherhall and Thurnby Lodge are preparing to take part in a charity abseiling adventure.

On Saturday (31), 10 young people and three staff from Raven, Armadale and Coleman youth centres will abseil down the 65-metre high tower at Ratby Parish Church to raise money for two charities – the local Rainbows hospice and BBC Children in Need.

The event marks National Youth Work Week, which runs from 2-8 November.

The week takes the theme ‘have your voice heard’, and the young people decided they wanted to make their voices heard by organising an adrenaline-fuelled fundraising event.

Fifteen-year-old Leah Tookey said: “It’s inspiring helping people who are less fortunate than me. People that need help the most should get it – they should feel like people care for them and support them. So I’m happy to help out.”

Thomas Smith, age 14, added: “I am doing the abseil to have young people’s voices heard so that we can raise money for people less fortunate than us. This makes me happy as I can put smiles on the faces of the young people at Rainbows, and make a difference to their lives.”

The young people will be collecting sponsorship money to raise cash for the charities, and hope to raise more than £500 for each charity.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “This is a great effort on the part of our young people and youth services staff, and I wish them all the best for their descent!

“Events like these demonstrate that our young people have a social conscience and want to get involved with local communities, which is positive for everyone. I’m sure they’ll raise lots of money for these very good causes.”

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