A daring duo took part in the KM Charity Abseil this year to raise money for people with a learning disability. Trustee, Paul Pinder, who is also one of our tenants, challenged Canterbury Community Manager, Della Heaton, to conquer the 100ft drop.
The event took place on Sunday 8th April at Thomas Place, which is one of the tallest buildings in Maidstone standing at a mighty 100ft high. They were joined by 73 other abseilers on the day, all raising money for good causes. It was a tense wait for the pair after they’d seen the ladder they needed to climb to get to the roof. With sweaty palms and nervous bellies, they waited to be securely strapped in.
Paul Pinder, said: ‘When I was at the top, my name was called and I had to go to the gate while I was hooked up – I froze, as I was a bit scared. My feet slipped, but the man said straighten your legs and you’ll be fine – I did it! I am really proud that I did it and raised money for East Kent Mencap as they help people live independently and to have active lives.’
Canterbury Community Manager, Della Heaton, said: ‘When Paul challenged me, I thought no, not again, but then I thought yes it’s good to challenge yourself and face your fears! I had a wobble half way down and just as I reached the bottom, but I am proud of myself and it was great to do it with Paul – he really is a star!’
The pair raised £274.93 in sponsorship for East Kent Mencap which will be allocated to our services in Canterbury. KM Charity Events run throughout the year and provide an easy way to fundraise for a chosen cause. If you would like to raise money for people with a learning disability, you can sign up to support us at one of the remaining events this year which include the Big Bike Ride, Colour Run, and Buster’s Firewalk by visiting: www.kmcharitychallenge.co.uk.