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DWF abseilers raise £2,250 for Macmillan Cancer Support

On Saturday, 19 September, eight brave volunteers from our Manchester office took part in a 60m abseil down the Trafford Centre Bell Tower to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Our volunteers Faiza Zabar, Lisa Wylie, Lauren Burns, Nicola Reeves, Jonathan Patterson, Jennifer Clarke, Kim Gibb and Rosie Martindale all took part in the challenge.

Nicola Reeves, who joined DWF as an Apprentice and has progressed to become an Administrative Assistant, said: “The nerves really kicked in on the ascent up the 187 steps to the top of the Bell Tower. Two at a time, everyone stepped over the edge...some racing down in a bid to get it over and done with as quickly as possible with others taking their time to enjoy the view and even waving to the crowd of nervous spectators supporting below.”

The team smashed their target of £1,200 through generous donations from colleagues, friends and family, along with funds raised by holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes (including a one night stay at Gleneagles) and a Friday morning donut sale. In total, an impressive £2,250 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support! This amount could pay for 10 Macmillan palliative care nurses for a day to help terminally ill people and their families or carers cope with the diagnosis and support them so they can continue with their normal activities.

Andrew Leaitherland, DWF’s Managing Partner and CEO, who went along to support the team, said: "Given that most of the team had never abseiled before, hanging off a makeshift wooden step to get started did little to put them at ease. They pulled it off though – a fantastic team effort! Well done DWFers!"

Mandy West, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, praised our people: “I would like to say a massive thank you and well done to everyone from DWF who bravely abseiled down the Trafford Centre Bell Tower. You are all amazing and the amount raised will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.”