Spinnaker Tower abseil raises £16,000 for the group and MS research

HELP George McAleese, Graham Hewitt and David Denholm with Tina Beckett and Roz Arrowsmith, abseilers who helped to raise the money presented by Gosport & Fareham Branch for research into progressive multiple sclerosis
HELP George McAleese, Graham Hewitt and David Denholm with Tina Beckett and Roz Arrowsmith, abseilers who helped to raise the money presented by Gosport & Fareham Branch for research into progressive multiple sclerosis

Woman killed in car crash, Gosport man arrested

  • Gosport and Fareham MS Society raised £16,000 from their abseil
  • The charity event took part last May and handed over a cheque for research into the illness
1
Have your say

Research into multiple sclerosis was given a boost thanks to an £8,000 donation.

Members of the Gosport & Fareham MS Society branch handed over the cheque, which was half of the amount they raised through an abseil last year.

It was such a fantastic day and it was a huge amount for us to raise.

George McAleese

Twenty of its members abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower last May along with Gosport prospective parliamentary candidate Caroline Dinenage and her husband Mark Lancaster.

The group, based in Beech Grove, Gosport, managed to raise £16,000 and gave half to the MS Research Project, while the other half went into the branch.

Chairman George McAleese said: ‘It was great to be able to hand over the cheque exactly a year after we did the abseil.

‘It was such a fantastic day and it was a huge amount for us to raise.

‘We gave £800 to the MS Branch in Milton Keynes because at the time, Mark Lancaster was their MP and we thought it only fair to give them some money as he did take part.

‘With MS, there is no cure so research into treatment on making it manageable and things like that are important.’

He added: ‘The abseil was a fun day out for everyone even though I did question what I was doing when it was my turn.

‘The staff at Spinnaker Tower were good. We had two people who are affected by MS take part and the staff were really helpful.

‘It was an event which we could all do.

‘We had bucket collections too outside the tower but we didn’t expect to raise £16,000.

‘Normally, we aim for £5,000 or £6,000 so to get a lot more than that is fantastic.’

The branch is already planning its next big fundraiser with a zip wire event in North Wales.

For more information on the group visit their website at gosportandfarehamms.org.uk.