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Hospice chief dresses as superhero for abseil fundraiser

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If dressing up as Batman wasn’t enough to make him feel like a superhero, Stephen Greenhalgh abseiled down a towering city landmark to really get into character.

Stephen, chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, at Lostock Hall, near Preston, scaled new heights in a quest to spread the word about the hospice.

He was the first one over the edge of the Preston Holiday Inn, and 70 other daredevils followed

The sponsored abseil on Saturday marked the start of Hospice Care Weeks 2013.

Stephen said: “Thank you to the Holiday Inn and everyone who took on this challenge in aid of St Catherine’s.

“The amount pledged in sponsorship is fantastic and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did.”

He also took the Count Me In! pledge, an initiative set up as part of Hospice Care Week, which runs until Sunday, from 120ft up in the air, promising to tell five people during the week why hospice care counts.

“I hope taking the pledge in fancy dress from a very eye-catching location has helped spread the word about the vital work that St Catherine’s and other hospices around the country carry out every day to help people facing incurable conditions have quality of life and, when the time approaches, dignity in death.”

The total amount pledged in sponsorship is more than £10,000 – a great boost for the charity, which relies on charitable efforts to raise £3.7m of the £5m it needs each year.

Susan Heaton, from Preston Job Centre, took part with 15 of her colleagues, many of whom dressed in onesies.

She said: “We’ve raised in excess of £500, which is brilliant, and we’ve had a great time taking part.”

Steven Robinson, branch manager of the Preston branch of Yorkshire Building Society, took part with his colleague Robbie Marshall. Steven said: “A lot of our customers have been touched by the amazing work of St Catherine’s.

“It’s a charity which is close to their hearts so we wanted to do something to show support.

“It was pretty scary but we both feel really good that we’ve done it.”

Daniel Rich, manager of the Preston Holiday Inn, where the event was held added: “It’s important to us to work with our local community and supporting such a well-loved and important charity as St Catherine’s is a great way to do this.”

 

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