A head for heights

Charity abseil picFOR some, it was a giant leap of faith.

However, all 100 students from Priestley College completed the four-mile run followed by a 20-metre abseil that raised funds to buy presents for patients at Alder Hey and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Firefighter Andy Hallworth spent hours suspended at the top of Zero Gravity Safety’s abseil tower supporting the students as they completed the challenge.

“It felt like a real achievement for everyone who took part, especially those who were not keen on heights,” said former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil Sam Osborne.

All the students are on a Public Services course at Priestley College with many aiming for a career in the Services.

They are hoping to raise more than £3,000 for an RAF appeal, which will pay for presents to be delivered to the two hospitals by Father Christmas in a helicopter.

Their route took them from college in Loushers Lane to Zero Gravity Safety in Appleton Thorn, which is run by former Priestley student Ben Swain.

He said: “It was great opportunity to support Priestley College as studying there helped me develop the skills I required to start a successful business.”

It is the fourth year Priestley College has worked with the RAF to ensure a happier Christmas for those staying at Alder Hey and Manchester children’s hospitals.

Tutor Chris Seaton said the festive challenge was one that had been embraced by the students at Priestley.

“They enjoy every aspect from the fundraising to seeing the presents collected by an RAF helicopter and delivered to the hospitals,” he said.

If you would like to contribute to the appeal email c.seaton@priestley.ac.uk

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