A RINGMER teenager is aiming high to raise money for a charity particularly close to his heart.
Leukaemia sufferer Aidan Stiebahl-Breeds and his dad, Adrian, are asking people to join them in overcoming their fear of heights.
They will be abseiling 85ft down the historic chapel at Hurstpierpoint College in Hassocks on March 11, to help raise much-needed funds for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Aidan, 13, is currently being helped by CLIC Sargent since he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, in June of last year.
Soon after he and his family were told the devastating news of the diagnosis he started chemotherapy at the hospital. It was an upsetting and stressful time for the family.
Aidan’s CLIC Sargent social worker, who is based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton, is a familiar point of contact who is able to help and support the whole family with the emotional, practical and financial effects of cancer.
Aidan’s dad Adrian said: “The first few weeks after diagnosis were so overwhelming; we would not have been able to cope without the support given by CLIC Sargent.”
Aidan, a pupil at Ringmer Community College, added “I’m so pleased to be involved in the Hurst Chapel Challenge; it’s a way of giving something back to CLIC Sargent. Hopefully lots of people will want to join me and my dad in taking part so we can help raise money for other children and young people like myself.”
Mum Korinna said: “Aidan is still undergoing treatment. For the past eight months our lives have solely revolved around the hospital and work. Watching him come in and out of treatment is difficult, stressful and tiring. My family are in desperate need of a break away from hospitals so our CLIC Sargent social worker is looking into making this wish come true.”
Hannah Auer, Event Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Aidan and his dad have chosen to support CLIC Sargent and inspire others to join in and have fun whilst raising vital funds. A big thank you to them both for taking part in this event and a huge thank you also to Hurstpierpoint College which has kindly given its venue free of charge.
Anyone interested in accompanying Aidan and Adrian in taking part in the Hurst Chapel Challenge, should contact Hannah Auer on 07825 781 956 or email her at Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
It costs just £10 to register and £100 minimum sponsorship is required.