Abseil in Hatfield to raise funds for charity

IT’S not every day I decide to ‘throw’ myself off the edge of a building.

So with that in mind, you probably think I am taking part in an upcoming abseil for a very good reason instead.

And you’d be right.

Two of the many (apparent) adrenaline junkies heading to the Galleria on Sunday, July 10 to raise funds for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) will be Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and myself.

The charity’s ‘Purple Plunge’ day will see a whole group of people take to the top of the Comet Way outlet centre in Hatfield and abseil 80ft to the ground.


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You’ll be glad to know it’s not exactly where we are pictured, but just around the corner.

And the aim of the day is to raise awareness of the NCYPE while collecting funds for the charity which helps the 60,000 children and young people who live with epilepsy in the UK, including families across Hertfordshire.

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The aid supports the children who suffer from recurrent seizures, by providing specialist residential and day provision at its St Piers School and the NCYPE Further Education College, as well as a SureStart Children’s Centre for families.

Grant said: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved with this project.

“Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in the UK and I am really looking forward to taking the plunge next month.

“Abseiling off the Galleria is a fun and engaging way to get the message out, to help break down the lack of understanding and awareness that continues to surround this condition.”

He added: “I offer the NCYPE my full support for the incredible work they do in helping those affected by this highly complex illness.”

The event includes a fete with family entertainment and refreshments and forms part of the NCYPE’s My Purple Pledge fundraising campaign.

Launched on International Purple Day, March 26, the nationwide campaign has been turning the country purple in order to raise much needed awareness and funds.

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