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Abseilers brave Dersingham drop to raise funds




A number of daredevils put their heads above the parapet on Saturday.

Over-looking a 70ft drop, brave fundraisers abseiled down the tower of St Nicholas Church in Dersingham.

The plucky parishioners ranged from Martin, at 82 and Harry, aged 10.

Back at ground level Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10021
Back at ground level Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10021

In total 50 people, including shop staff, health care workers, police and even a groom-to-be, took the challenge.

The abseilers were raising thousands of pounds for the church.

Pauline Martin, church secretary said: "The weather in the morning was OK and dry, but it gradually got wetter. It was brilliant to see so many people from the village standing and watching.

On her way down the tower is Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10022
On her way down the tower is Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10022

"An instructor was there to make sure it was all safe. The worst bit seemed to be getting over the parapet and onto the ledge.

"Local health care workers also abseiled and they are involved with our baby basics. It will be interesting to find out how much has been raised at the end."

Despite the rain, the huge turnout of supporters and spectators enjoyed stalls, games and a superb cake stall.

On her way down the tower is Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10023
On her way down the tower is Catherine Bennett. MLNF-21PM10023

The funds raised will be used for the installation of much needed disabled toilets and kitchen facilities in the church.

Leading the abseilers was the Rev Mark Capron, rector of St Nicholas, who was first over the top.

Others taking part in the descent down the tower came from Dersingham Primary School, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Dersingham Co-op, along with police and a groom-to-be who is getting married in the church next year.

Back at ground level WeiWei Cui. MLNF-21PM10024
Back at ground level WeiWei Cui. MLNF-21PM10024

At 82, Martin showed everyone how it was done as he descended like a professional.

The youngest was Harry also made the descent safely and even a soaking in the afternoon didn’t put off the abseilers and their supporters, making it a day for the community to come together and enjoy.

All the participants, who were asked to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship, received their certificate after safely touching down on the ground again.

On her way down the tower is Weiwei Cui. MLNF-21PM10025
On her way down the tower is Weiwei Cui. MLNF-21PM10025

Rev Capron said: "During the day there had been lots of delightful refreshments, crazy games, stalls, along with a superb cake stall.

"It has been an amazing day with 50 people achieving something both very memorable for themselves and through sponsorship benefiting the community in the process, with funds being raised going to the installation of disabled toilets and kitchen facilities in the much used and living church here in Dersingham.”

Amanda Hutchinson makes her way down the tower. MLNF-21PM10026
Amanda Hutchinson makes her way down the tower. MLNF-21PM10026
Amanda Hutchinson getting some last minute advice from Rory Howard (Safety Team Leader). MLNF-21PM10027
Amanda Hutchinson getting some last minute advice from Rory Howard (Safety Team Leader). MLNF-21PM10027
On his way down the tower is Keir Hughes. MLNF-21PM10028
On his way down the tower is Keir Hughes. MLNF-21PM10028
St Nicholas Church Dersingham, view from the top of the tower. MLNF-21PM10030
St Nicholas Church Dersingham, view from the top of the tower. MLNF-21PM10030
View of the supporters at the event from the top of the Tower. MLNF-21PM10031
View of the supporters at the event from the top of the Tower. MLNF-21PM10031
Rev Mark Capron makes the first decent from the tower. MLNF-21PM10032
Rev Mark Capron makes the first decent from the tower. MLNF-21PM10032


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