Driving instructors scale Spinnaker Tower to raise money for the Rainbow Centre

Steve Bonnick,49,who  is raising money for the Rainbow Centre, with his son Charlie, three.
Steve Bonnick,49,who is raising money for the Rainbow Centre, with his son Charlie, three.
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Driving instructors abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for a children’s centre.

Members of the Southern Driving Instructors Association tackled the Portsmouth landmark to help The Rainbow Centre.

The abseil meant a lot to one instructor whose son has cerebral palsy.

Steve Bonnick, from Fareham, set up the idea for the abseil and convinced his colleagues to join in the charity event.

His son Charlie uses the Fareham-based Rainbow Centre, which looks after children with cerebral palsy and other motor-skills problems as well as adults with Parkinson’s, MS or who are recovering from a stroke or head injury.

Steve says: ‘I’ve always wanted to abseil the Spinnaker Tower and thought ‘‘why not do it for Rainbow’’?

‘So I went ahead and booked 12 slots, hoping that I could fill them and to my surprise within days they were gone.

‘My fellow driving instructors and friends were quick to volunteer themselves because they knew about Charlie and The Rainbow Centre, so were more than willing to help. ‘

He adds: ‘Their enthusiasm and commitment to raise money has been fantastic and overwhelming.

‘I can’t thank them enough, along with all our friends and family that came down on the day to cheer us on.

‘I am still absolutely blown away by the £6,500 that we’ve raised as a team.’

Steve was joined by Martin Hands, Colin Martin, Frances Rees, Jane Holt, Jamie Gerathy, Caroline Street, Julie Bowden, Julie Wheeler, Kathy McKain, Malcolm Galloway and Brigid Hone.

Jess Greenwood, community fundraiser, says: ‘We were all amazed when Steve told us that SDIA had raised £6,500.

‘This amount is enough to provide 126 hours of Conductive Education sessions for adults and children like Charlie.

‘Without incredible supporters like SDIA we wouldn’t continue because we receive no government funding. We are so thankful for their ongoing support.’