Disabled women to abseil for charity event

Published on 16th April 2012

Eagle tower in Cheltenham

Three inspiring women will overcome their disability to abseil down Eagle Tower for the Mayor’s charity event on Sunday 22 April.

All three of the women will be doing it for charities that have helped them or simply because they see it as an excellent challenge to accomplish.

Cally-Ann, is a 21 year old student at the National Star College and she wanted to take part to show anyone can achieve something if they put their mind to it. "I want to open people's eyes and show that even if you have a disability you can succeed. I've learnt that everyone has their struggles, you just have to keep going because it's worth it in the end."

B-J, a 37 year old wheelchair user abseiling for St Vincent's & St George's Association said: "I have a sense of adventure and I've never done this before." Whilst Rebecca, also a wheelchair user "I would like to be able to do the abseil without being in my chair. I fancied the challenge and like to do things for charity."

The Mayor, Councillor Barbara Driver, said: “I am so proud of everyone who is going to take part on the day but the three disabled ladies are particularly brave. I hope as many people will come and watch their achievement as well as enjoying a great day out.”

“The Jockey Club, owners of Cheltenham Racecourse, have kindly sponsored the event. This unforgettable experience is in aid of the Mayor’s Charities: The National Star College, Cheltenham YMCA and St. Vincent’s and St. George’s Association.”

There will be entertainment for everyone on the day including the popular Cheltenham band, The Chip Shop Boys. Their eclectic mixture of rock and pop covers will ease the abseilers down while performing for the spectators.

It’s not too late to register, as the deadline has been extended until Wednesday 18 April.

If you would like to get involved, or know someone who does, then please contact Erin on 01242 775144 for a registration form or email mayorsabseil@gmail.com.  Alternatively you can download a registration form the council’s website. You can also visit Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with information.

For press enquiries contact: Nicola Collins, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email nicola.collins@cheltenham.gov.uk

The minimum age for the abseil is 8 years, with under 18’s being accompanied by an adult on the day.

  • Registration £25
  • Recommended that each participant raises a sponsorship total of £75