Charity triples target during Spinnaker abseil challenge

Cleaus Neverson-Brown durthing the abseil down the Spinnaker Tower for Dreamflight children's charity
Cleaus Neverson-Brown durthing the abseil down the Spinnaker Tower for Dreamflight children's charity
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A national children’s charity held a fundraiser in Portsmouth in which volunteers were challenged to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.

A national children’s charity held a fundraiser in Portsmouth in which volunteers were challenged to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.

Dreamflight, a charity which helps children with serious illness or disability, aimed to raise £5,000 from the event.

However, through the dedication of its volunteers, they tripled that total, collecting more than £15,000.

Dreamflight’s fundraising manager, Pip Micklem said: ‘Dreamflight would like to thank everyone who was involved.

‘We also had a brilliant team of volunteers who were face-painting, running competitions and entertaining everyone in their Minion costumes.’

The Dreamflight team has expressed their gratitude to BA crew members Martin Clough and Mark Howden who helped organise the event.

As part of its fundraising, Dreamflight takes 192 children and their medical carers from across the UK on a 10-day holiday in Florida. The groups of children, aged between eight and 14, are accompanied by a group leader – an experienced Dreamflight volunteer.

Pip said the charity receives dozens of letters and postcards from parents each year showing their appreciation of the work the charity does sending the children to Florida.

‘The money raised from all our events will go a long way to support these children,’ added Pip.

‘It also gives them something to look forward to by going to Florida each October.’

Dreamflight aims to help improve the independence and confidence of the children who go on these holidays.

The charity has scheduled other events including a London-2-Disneyland Paris cycle ride.

Dreamflight volunteer, Mark Howden said: ‘I’s amazing to see how they grow in confidence and self-esteem and you see their spirits lifted on the trip.’

The charity is supported by golfer Ian Poulter, TV presenters Dick and Dom and former Dreamflight child Liz Johnson who won gold at the Beijing Olympics.