Newhaven Chamber of Commerce members abseil down Eastbourne Borough Council office for charity

Mike Thomson, John Lawrence,and Annie Lorys
Mike Thomson, John Lawrence,and Annie Lorys
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Brave members of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce abseiled down four storeys of Eastbourne Borough Council’s building in Grove Road for charity on Sunday October 21.

Together Mike Thomson, John Lawrence, Annie Lorys and Darren Tullett, raised almost £1,300 for the Lark in the Park Charity.

Despite the wind and rain, they strapped into harnesses and hard hats for the challenge, which saw them descend 50 feet.

Chamber president Annie Lorys said: “It was also a ‘heart in the mouth’ sort of experience especially when you are waiting on the roof and watching the people in front of you go first - I think that is the worst moment.

“Also, when it is your turn and you are standing on the roof of the building and told to place your feet right on the edge (facing backwards), lean right back, stick your bottom out, straighten your legs and then you have to just trust the instructor when he says ‘now push off, put your feet on the wall and start going down!’

“However, we all found it an exhilarating experience and all agreed that we would like to do it again in a more challenging location next time.”

They were asked to take up the challenge by the Mayor of Eastbourne, who is also a member of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce.

Lark in the Park is the Mayor of Eastbourne’s chosen charity for this year and is an Eastbourne charity for children with special needs.

The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit making organisation which supports businesses in Newhaven and the immediate area by providing networking opportunities.

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