Still time to get involved in Sport Relief abseil in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth firm Aid Rope Access held an abseil for Sport Relief 2014 Great Yarmouth firm Aid Rope Access held an abseil for Sport Relief 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014
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Photo gallery: Getting active for Sport Relief in Great Yarmouth from abseilling to playground games

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Children at Caister Infant School are having a Sportathon day in aid of Sport Relief.
Children using their 'trim trail'.

Picture: James BassChildren at Caister Infant School are having a Sportathon day in aid of Sport Relief. Children using their 'trim trail'. Picture: James Bass

While office workers swapped paperwork for abseiling down a 25 metre (80ft) tall tower for Sport Relief, schoolchildren in Caister took part in a host of playground games.

Aid Rope Access, based on the Harfrey’s Industrial Estate in Great Yarmouth, held its charity abseil from 1pm-4pm. The company specialises in industrial rope access and working at height and uses its 25m tall tower for training offshore workers.

Rebecca Martinez, Siobhan Tyler, Claire Keyzor and Nicky Rankin from Yarmouth firm Derrick Services Ltd were among the fundraisers.

Together they raised more than £1,500, smashing their £300 target with help from colleagues and customers.

“It was certainly a bit daunting,” said Nicky, senior personnel coordinator.

“The worst bit was standing on the edge and being told to ‘just step over’. But the views were beautiful and once you got over the edge you could enjoy it.”

Derrick Services supports offshore workers are regularly puts offshore workers through the training process, which includes abseiling and rope work from the Aid Rope Access tower on Harfrey’s estate. To sponsor the staff call 01493 669141.

Elsewhere, children at Caister Infant School had a Sportathon day in aid of Sport Relief, completing a ‘trim trail’ and activities such as skipping. Youngsters also being invited to dress up in sporty clothes for a 50p donation.

And tomorrow, hundreds of people are expected to take part in the Yarmouth ‘Golden Mile’ for Sport Relief.

There will be three courses - one mile, three miles and six miles, all starting from outside the Merrivale Model Village on Marine Parade from 10am onwards.

Encouraging people to sign up, Yarmouth mayor John Burroughs said: “This is a fantastic chance for people of all ages and abilities to get together and take part in a large community event, while raising much-needed cash for good causes.

“Most healthy people can jog or walk one mile so there is no excuse for not taking part.

“Run on your own, or with friends and family. Maybe dress up, or even tackle it on a Spacehopper. But whatever you decide, make sure you sign up online as soon as possible, as places are limited.”

About 300 people took part in the 2012 event.

To enter, participants must pay a Sport Relief Mile administration fee of £6 for an adult, £3 for a child, and £15 for a family comprised of two adults and two children.

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