Dare devil fundraisers raise £10,000 for Rowcroft Hospice

A group of dare devil fundraisers have so far raised £10,000 for Rowcroft Hospice by challenging themselves to the hospice’s sponsored abseil Over the Edge – ‘The Drop’.

Intended for only the most fearless fundraisers, Over the Edge – ‘The Drop’ took place in the grounds of Rowcroft Hospice earlier today, and saw 72 people put their fears to the test as they abseiled 150ft off the side of a crane.

Sharon Foster from Torquay signed up to take part in memory of her Dad who was cared for by the hospice. She said: “I did a sponsored 15,000ft skydive last year to raise funds for Rowcroft and decided that this would be my next fundraising challenge!”

“I was really nervous but had the support of my best friend Natalie. I think it was even scarier than the skydive but I absolutely loved it and I feel proud to have done it.”

Daniela Hopkins from Torquay added: “Being involved in the Over the Edge event today was great. To be able to sign up on the day and do the drop was extremely nerve wracking but totally exhilarating. I’m thrilled to have stepped ‘over the edge’.”

This year marks the second time the crane abseil has taken place in the grounds of the hospice.

Events Manager, Stewart Molyneux, said: “We have the most incredible admiration for all those who braved our 150ft crane abseil today.

“Every pound raised by their courageous efforts will help local people facing the hardest days imaginable to spend the most precious time with their family and friends – and we are hugely grateful for their support.

“Our thanks also extend to all those who volunteered their time to help with the smooth running of today’s event, and to CRS Adventures and Spence Crane Hire for ensuring everyone completed the challenge safely, despite their worst fears!”

Over the Edge – ‘The Drop’ is one of a range of events Rowcroft Hospice is organising in 2018 to help raise funds for local families.

Others include a 15,000 foot exhilarating sky dive on Saturday 29 April, South Devon’s brightest 5k, The Colour Rush Teignmouth, on Saturday 12 May and ladies-only ‘Fun on the Farm’-themed night walk, The Rowcroft Sleep Walk, on Saturday 7 July.

Stewart added: “We are very excited to be able to offer the local community so many exciting ways to support Rowcroft in 2018, and the chance to make their own memories to treasure!”

To find out more about the ways you can support Rowcroft Hospice in 2018, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/supporting-rowcroft.

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