Towering achievement as Ringmer leukaemia boy rises to charity challenge

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FEARLESS Aidan Stiebahl-Breeds, from Ringmer, led the way in a gut-wrenching charity event.

The 14-year-old abseiled down the 85ft high chapel tower at Hurstpierpoint College.

The adrenalin junkies who took part in the challenge raised a magnificent £5,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Aidan was accompanied by his dad Adrian, family friend Linda Moulds and his CLIC Sargent nurse Sophie Braker.

It is a cause close to Aidan’s heart. He is currently being helped by CLIC Sargent since he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Aidan was diagnosed with this illness at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, in June of last year.

Mum Korinna and dad Adrian said: “We’re so proud of Aidan for taking on this challenge of abseiling and fundraising for CLIC Sargent. Thanks to all his family and friends who helped him raise more than £1,200, contributing to the overall £5,000.”

Aidan, a pupil at Ringmer Community College, added: “It was great fun taking part in the abseil and something I would definitely do again!

“I am so pleased to be able to have the opportunity to give something back to CLIC Sargent. I am eight months into my intensive phase, and with four months to go and a further two years’ maintenance treatment, they are continuing to give me and my family such great support throughout my cancer journey.”

Hannah Auer, Event Fundraising Manager, said: “On behalf of CLIC Sargent, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Hurst Chapel Challenge at Hurstpierpoint College, and for encouraging all their friends and family to come along and support them. 

“There were some fantastic fancy dress costumes modelled throughout the day; including Aidan’s family friend Linda the Baby!

“It is amazing to have raised such a great sum of money. The £5,000 will go towards helping children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families who will be facing similar experiences as Aidan and his family.”

Every day, 10 families in the UK are told their child has cancer and treatment usually starts straight away. For more information on CLIC Sargent please visit www.clicsargent.org.uk