Daredevils abseil down Peel Tower for Bury Hospice
Thrill-seekers took a leap of faith by abseiling down Peel Tower in aid of Bury Hospice.
The event, held on Saturday, July 16th saw 53 people abseil from the top of the tower.
Standing proudly on top of Holcombe Hill, Peel Tower is perhaps Bury's most famous landmark. Built as a monument to the town's most famous son, Sir Robert Peel, the iconic structure can be seen for miles around. At a height of 335 metres above sea level, it affords stunning views of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and even North Wales on a clear day.
David Berry, aged 82 took on the challenge in memory of his late wife Lillian, who was cared for by Bury Hospice’s Outreach team. David who attends the Hospice’s weekly Walk & Talk Group and the Bereavement Café did the abseil alongside his son, Duncan.
Hospice supporter, Wes McArdle, aged 50 abseiled down the 128 foot iconic tower dressed as Spider-Man. He said: “I wanted to make it fun and Spider-Man seemed the perfect superhero to dress up as to do the challenge. It was a great event, organised by Bury Hospice. It takes a lot of courage to do an abseil and everyone supported and encouraged each other when it was their turn. There was a lot of community spirit at the top of Holcombe Hill.”
Abseiling down the tower isn’t for the faint-hearted but it is nothing compared to the challenges that Hospice patients face with such courage every day.
The event has raised over £5,000 which will go towards providing palliative and end-of-life care for patients and supporting their families.
Dale Mulgrew, who is responsible for Bury Hospice’s major fundraising events said: “We had a fantastic day in the glorious sunshine with a great team of adventurers. Thank you to everyone who supported us on the day; Outdoor Activities Service & Alternative Adventure, North West First Aid Ltd, Ruth Bradley-Holt Bury Hospice Fundraising Volunteer and Phil Hill of PIPS Photography.”
Helen Lockwood, Chief Executive will be presenting certificates to everyone who completed the challenge at a special presentation evening, which will be held at Bury Hospice in Rochdale Old Road.