In June six brave souls ventured over the edge of the Avon Gorge, with nothing but some (admittedly pretty sturdy) ropes and a harness to stop them falling. The adventurers – Hilary, Carol, Stuart, Tessa, Joss and Leonora – raised a fantastic £2800 for Friends of Navajeevana, which we will use to help Navajeevana provide much-needed support to disabled people in rural Sri Lanka.
Many of the intrepid team confronted their own fears to undertake the challenge, with one member, trustee Hilary Green, carrying out the abseil as a 60th birthday challenge.
Leonora Merry, who is also a founding trustee of Friends of Navajeevana said:
“I have always been scared of heights, so the idea of lowering myself down a cliff backwards was pretty terrifying. But I knew that many of the disabled people who Navajeevana helps in Sri Lanka would love to have the opportunity to do something like this – and that kept me motivated! In the end I am pleased to report that I made it down in one piece – and I even managed to enjoy it in parts!”
The team’s fundraising page can be found on MyDonate here – it will accept donations until 14 September.
Hilary showing what a dedicated fundraiser she is at the top of the Avon Gorge
Leonora begins her descent
Phew! All done.