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21 June 2018

Staff and student brave abseil in charity fundraiser

Not many students can say that they have abseiled down the side of their College campus!

But more than 40 students and staff from Wiltshire College braved the 25 metre descent from the top of the Salisbury building organised by Level 2 Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students on Tuesday 19th June as part of their adventurous activities unit to mark the end of their academic year.

For many of those studying UPS it was the second time they have completed an abseil, following a recent trip to Snowdonia, but for other staff and students, it was a way of facing their fears as well as raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

Claire Eggleton is a UPS lecturer and was so terrified of abseiling that she went first to get it out of the way.

She said: “I don’t mind most things, but I was so nervous beforehand – I even resorted to hypnotherapy to calm my nerves.

“I was absolutely terrified but am so glad that I did it now and am really proud of everyone who took part.”

She was followed by Assistant Principal Denise Lloyd who said the scariest part was stepping off the side of the building!

Level 1 UPS student Iona Mason, aged 17, from Salisbury, said: “A couple of months ago I’d never done an abseil and now I’ve done two!

“I enjoyed completing one in Snowdonia and it was really great to have the opportunity to abseil down the side of the College building.”

David Hiner, a Level 2 UPS student is from Sixpenny Handley.

The 16-year-old said: “I was probably the most nervous of everyone abseiling today!

“The worst part was stepping onto the wooden ledge over the side of the building, but once I’d done that it was okay and in the end I actually quite enjoyed it!

“It was good to raise money for such good causes and I’m proud of myself for doing it.”

Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team facilitated the event bringing all the specialist equipment, carrying out health and safety briefings and offering moral support where needed!

Scott Carthy, Deputy Head of Department for Sport, UPS said: “It was an enjoyable day for all those involved.

“Our students gained a lot of experience from organising the event and hosting it throughout the day, collecting sponsorship and consent forms and encouraging people to take part.

“We are still receiving donations but so far have collected an amazing £1929.75, which means they will have doubled their original target of £1,000!”