On Saturday 30th March 2019, Quintech’s Dave Brooke abseiled down the Abberley Clock Tower to raise money for the St. Richard’s Hospice Foundation.
Located in the grounds of Abberley Hall School, the clock tower stands an impressive 161ft (49m) high. Not only that, because of the elevation of the forested hill it appears to be considerably taller. Dave doesn’t have previous experience of abseiling so this was no easy task for him.
I have always wanted to help raise money for the charity and when I saw the Abberley Abseil, I thought I would give it a go. Whilst I am fairly confident climbing a ladder, I knew this would be a challenge. Luckily the weather on the day was perfect and the views from the top were stunning.
Dave’s Mum was diagnosed with liver cancer in January 2017. Sadly, she passed away on 28th August whilst under the care of St Richard's Hospice. It is for this reason that Dave chose to raise money for the charity. He says:
St. Richard’s Hospice cared for Mum better than we ever could as a family. It was also a home away from home and the rooms and surroundings were very peaceful. The staff were very attentive to us all during what was a very trying and upsetting time.
You can still support Dave by donating to his Just Giving page https://bit.ly/2FJyotL
St Richard's Hospice provides free, expert care and support to over 3,300 patients, carers and their loved ones every year. Visit their website for more information: https://www.strichards.org.uk/