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GCDA staff abseil for charity

Three GCDA staff conquered their fears and did it anyway when they abseiled off a Kidbrooke tower block to raise money for Greenwich Mayor Leo Fletcher's Charity Appeal.

Kidbrooke Community Hub's Jane Downes and Haley Whitson were joined by GCDA chef Brian Emmons in the terrifying challenge which saw them take the plunge from the 17 storey building off Peglar Square.

"I've never been so scared," recounted Haley. "You put on the harness and the helmet, then you're attached to rope. The worst bit was rolling over the edge and leaning back into nothing. I kept my eyes shut the whole time! I just kept screaming 'am I nearly there yet?' There are no words to describe how I felt when I got to the bottom. I was on a high for days afterwards. I felt so proud of myself."

Jane, Haley and Brian were amongst some 70 people who undertook the fearless fundraising feat as part of the Mayor's Charity Appeal which this year is supporting Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice and Lymphoma Action.

So far our GCDA fundraisers have contributed more than £2000 to the appeal, which is still ongoing.

"I've never done anything like this before. I usually get dizzy looking over the balcony on the second floor of my Kidbrooke flat! I don't know what possessed me! It was just great to have the opportunity to raise money for such a good cause."

Haley Whitson, Kidbrooke Community Hub Assistant

We're so proud of our wonderful GCDA colleagues. It takes a lot of courage to push yourself out of your comfort zone like that. Well done to everyone who took part.

If you feel able to contribute anything then please click on this link.

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