24 January 2007

Sorby abseil raises over £10,000 for charity

Thanks to daredevils from the University of Sheffield, two local charities have received over £5,000 each, after staff, students and graduates from the University abseiled down the former Sorby Hall of Residence. The Weston Park Teenage Cancer Trust Unit in Sheffield and the Edale Mountain Rescue Team each received cheques for £5,100.

The presentation of cheques took place in December and was attended by representatives from the two charities and staff who completed the sponsored abseil.

Sorby Hall was demolished in August 2006 to make way for brand new accommodation as part of the University´s Student Residences Project.

Pat McGrath, Head of Accommodation and Campus Services at the University, said, "This was a superb, well-supported event to mark the passing of Sorby Hall. Accommodation and Campus Services, on behalf of all the intrepid abseilers, is delighted to be making these contributions to two very important local charities."

Neil Roden, Chairman of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, said, "We are extremely grateful to all those who took part in the abseil. We are currently working hard to raise money for a new operational base that we hope to open in Easter 2007 and this donation really does make a difference."

Lucy Jackson from the Weston Park Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, added, "We are so grateful for the money raised. Funds will go towards the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield and will really help make a difference for teenagers with cancer."