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'Last' Croydon office block abseil raises thousands for charity

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AROUND 50 brave souls with a head for heights took the plunge on Friday to abseil 200 feet down the side of one of Croydon's office blocks.

The event was the fourth annual fundraiser organised by corporate charity, Croydon Commit-ment, and is likely to be the last.

This year's abseil had an even greater edge with participants being asked to "freefall" down Carolyn House in Dingwall Road.

This meant they were dropped down on the abseil rope without their feet touching the side of the building.

Last year's event down the council's former Taberner House headquarters was a record breaker, raising a total of £14,000.

This success prompted the organisers to set themselves a target this year of £15,000 but unfortunately the total looks like falling well short.

Money is still coming in but it is expected the amount raised will only reach around £6,000.

Melinda Ashford of Croydon Commitment said: "We just did not attract enough people this year. This is the fourth year we have organised it and perhaps it has lost its edge. We are also running out of buildings to use."

She added: "I don't think we will do it again and are now looking around for another fund raising stunt for next year."

Ideas being looked at include a trip down a zip wire or even a bit of tightrope walking.

Despite the financial disappointment, Ms Ashford said the abseil had been supported by teams from Croydon Council, Allianz and Mott MacDonald as well as a number of individuals.

She said: "People did enjoy taking part and 98 per cent of those who went down wanted to go back up and do it again."

The money raised will go into Croydon Commitment's general funds. The charity gives annual donations from the funds to voluntary organisations and charity groups across the borough.

'Last' Croydon office block abseil raises thousands for charity


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