Girls jump ‘over the wall’

Katie Phillips and Beth Garland on the sponsored abseil
Katie Phillips and Beth Garland on the sponsored abseil

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A group of 40 schoolgirls went to dizzying heights to raise more than £7,000 for charity.

The Portsmouth High School students braved freezing weather and abseiled 100ft down Mercantile House in Portsmouth to raise funds for local children’s charity Over The Wall.

They took the plunge at the end of last year as part of their charity week – but have just recently totalled the incredible sum of money.

Vicky Owrid, deputy head girl, said: ‘It was an amazing day, but really cold! We were so happy with the huge support from the community and loved that all 40 participants embraced the risk, put their trust in a couple of ropes and went “Over the Wall”!’

Every year, PHS holds a charity week to raise money for good causes. This year they have chosen to support Over The Wall, a Havant-based charity that provides recreation camps for eight to 17 year olds suffering serious and life-limiting illnesses.

The sponsored abseil was the first in a week of activities including a fancy dress parade, a giant twister tournament, a pupil-teacher talent contest and a fashion show – which was postponed until February 18 due to the snow.

The girls are hoping to raise £10,000 for Over The Wall from the proceeds, and Vicky is asking readers to dig deep to ensure they reach their target.

Jenny Clough, PHS headteacher, said: ‘I am in total admiration of our pupils who abseiled. This was just one of the activities which took place during our charity week, through which we’re proudly supporting local charity Over the Wall.’

Emma Bazeley, fundraising officer for Over The Wall, thanked the girls for their hard work. She said: ‘The event ties in really nicely with what we do at our residential activity camps – abseiling and climbing wall are amongst the many activities on offer to our campers.

‘Giving seriously ill children and young people access to normal childhood experiences is vital in helping them to regain the confidence that has been knocked out of them through their diagnosis.’

To support the girls in their fundraising go to justgiving.com/PHSCharityWeek2010.