Chance to abseil down De Montfort University for charity

By Kiesha Dosanjh 

An abseil event is taking place at De Montfort University for charity.

The abseil will take place on November 17 from 10am-4pm where only 60 people will have the chance to walk down the side of the Gateway House building based on a first-come first-served basis.

The university is working in partnership with the charity The Spark with all money made going towards Tiny Sparks, which will make a difference to deprived pre-school children by giving them the opportunity to experience high quality arts.

Carrie Carruthers, development manager at The Spark Arts for Children, said: “At the Spark Arts for Children we are not usually abseiling down buildings – we are usually working with children aged 0-13 putting them in touch with their creative sides.

DMU is one of our partners and helping us with this event to raise essential extra funding.  I am doing it myself – Gateway House looks very high to me!”

The money will also help toddlers in Leicester, helping them to develop vital language skills before they start nursery and school. Without this help, these children will start school well behind their peers before they even begin.

The charity is also giving participants the option to dress up with a hero theme and there will be prizes on the day for best costume and also prizes for the person who raises the most money for the charity.

Chloe Stubley, a Psychology and Criminology student at De Montfort University, said: “I’m definitely going to sign up for this. An opportunity doesn’t come around often. I love doing activities like this and the fact it’s for charity is even better. It’s a win-win.”

Everyone who takes part in the abseil will also receive a souvenir certificate on completion and will be given a full briefing before their allocated slot.

The price to sign up will be £30 before November 6 and £50 after that. The Spark also challenges all participants to raise £100 in sponsorships.

People who do not want to take part but still want to donate can do via The Spark’s just giving page.

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