Thurne mill abseil raises restoration cash

Thurne Mill abseil

Thurne Mill abseil - Credit: Archant

Brave fundraisers abseiled down one of Norfolk's most iconic mills, raising more than £2,000.

Soft toy and human abseilers helped raise a good sum for Thurne Mill

Soft toy and human abseilers helped raise a good sum for Thurne Mill - Credit: Archant

More than 20 people and 30 teddies took part in the challenge at Thurne Mill on Saturday.

Thurne Mill abseil

Thurne Mill abseil - Credit: Archant

The event was organised by the Wind Energy Museum of Repps-with-Bastwick and was kindly sponsored by AID Rope Access, based in Attleborough.

While the conditions were wet and windy, determined volunteers pressed ahead - setting up marquees, stalls and games.

And the Lion Inn opened to serve tea and coffee followed by an all day BBQ.

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The first abseil took place at 10am when Debra Nicholson climbed over the back of the mill, with further abseilers taking on the challenge at hourly intervals.

The youngest to brave the difficult task of climbing over the edge and then letting go was 10 year old George Denton, with 11-year-old Charlotte West second youngest.

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The eldest was Charlie Gander at 75.

Tjebbe, of AID Rope Access, said: 'It's great seeing the satisfaction on people's faces, especially the children.'

Organisers said it was a successful day despite the bleak weather, with more than £2,000 raised.

All proceeds will go to the continued maintenance and restoration of the mill.

Organisers have praised everyone who took part in the 'really enjoyable' event, and intend to repeat it next year.

If you would be interested in registering, email

Alternatively call 07796 407864, and organisers keep you informed of the details once they are confirmed.

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