It’s a fundraising leap of faith for Ralphi-Le

Off The Wall charity abseil down the side of the Portsmouth University building Mercantile House. Pictured is Ralphi-Le Rance 16.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (113560-3)
Off The Wall charity abseil down the side of the Portsmouth University building Mercantile House. Pictured is Ralphi-Le Rance 16. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113560-3)
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WHEN Ralphi-Le Rance was given the opportunity to fundraise for the charity that changed his life, he jumped at the chance.

The 16-year-old and his dad Paul Johnson, 36, raised £714 by climbing 130ft down Mercantile House in Southsea to raise money for Havant-based charity Over The Wall, which pays for ill children to attend holiday camps.

Ralphi-Le, from Drayton, was born with a gap in his food pipe and under-developed lungs.

When he was 10, his family discovered he wasn’t growing and tests showed that his body wasn’t absorbing the nutrients from the food he was eating, and he now has to use a feeding tube.

Ralphi-Le attended the holiday camp in Dorset.

‘The charity have done so much for the family. I just wanted to give something back to them,’ he said.

‘I’m not scared of heights but it’s a bit daunting. It went well, it was quite a big achievement.

‘You are ready for it at the start but you just don’t know what to think when you look over.’

And Ralphi-Le has nothing but praise for the charity. He said: ‘When I’m at camp I can be myself and not get criticised. There is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it all. They create such a big life changing opportunity for everyone.

‘I was a different child before the camp. I just thought I was the only person with the condition and I didn’t know how to cope with it.’

Nikki Radcliffe, the charity’s head of development, said: ‘It’s good that the kids get involved in the fundraising.

‘It puts money back in, allowing other children to come.’