Charity abseil down Peacehaven Cliffs is a great success


The Martlets Hospice held its first ever charity abseil down 115 feet of Peacehaven Cliffs on Sunday July 28.

A total of 71 brave people took up the challenge and organisers even had three generations of one family participate.

They are hoping to raise around £14,0000 from the event.

Martlets communications manager Lucy Brandram said: “It was the first time we’ve held an abseil but it was a great success and something we hope to hold again.”

Karen Hobden took part alongside her son Frankie, aged eight and mother in law, Sue Wright aged 60, from Telscombe Cliffs.

The adventurous trio abseiled 115ft down the chalk rock face to the ground below.

Karen said: “I like to get involved with a bit of fundraising each year and this year is no exception.

“I’ve done some crazy fundraising events before but I was looking for the next big challenge when, out of the blue, I got a letter from The Martlets Hospice, our local and very amazing charity, asking if I wanted to take part in their abseil event.

“The letter mentioned that anyone from age eight and up could take part, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to start my son Frankie on his first fundraising adventure.

“Being the brave little monkey he is, the answer was “Yes, OK why not?” When my mother in law heard about Frankie being brave she decided she would do it too and it has turned into a family adventure!”