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Carlisle Civic Centre - Charity Abseil

Reach Beyond Adventure sponsors local community groups for charity abseil.

On 12th June we ran a charity abseil event for Penruddock & Greystoke Pre-school nursery, Penruddock School PTA & Out of School Club. We are proud to say that we gave our services free of charge to these three groups to help them raise vital funds to help the children benefit more from thier facilities.

Our values around Corporate Social Responsibility is that we should give something back to local communities and organisations regularly. This event is the first of many more we hope to run.

Check out the news extracts below or click on the following press releases:
Cumberland & Westmoland Herald article 1 »
Cumberland & Westmoland Herald article 2 »
News and Star article »

Abseil in aid of school projects Friday, 11 June 2010

AROUND 30 adventurous individuals are taking part in a 135ft charity abseil down Carlisle Civic Centre today between 10am and 2pm.

The aim is to raise money for a range of extra-curricular projects at Penruddock and Greystoke Pre-School Nursery, Penrud- dock Primary School and Out of School Club.

Those taking part include parents, grandparents, mem-bers of staff and friends. The event is being sponsored and run by Reach Beyond Adventure, a Cumbrian-based outdoor activity and adventure company.

For further details contact Reach Beyond Adventure on 01768 483867, or at, or www. uk.

School fund-raisers’ leaps of faith … Friday, 16 July 2010

MORE than 30 adventurous supporters of Penruddock Primary School took part in a 135ft charity abseil down Carlisle Civic Centre.

The aim was to raise money for a range of extracurricular projects at Penruddock and Greystoke Pre-School Nursery and Penruddock Primary School and Out of School Club.

Those taking part included parents, grandparents, volunteers, staff members, governors and friends. The event was sponsored and run by Reach Beyond Adventure, a Cumbrian-based outdoor activity and adventure company.

LEFT: Headteacher David Spruce takes the plunge.

RIGHT: Christine Richardson, teaching assistant, leaves the top of Carlisle Civic Centre.

Charity abseil to buy a headstone for son Tuesday, 15 June 2010

MORE than 30 fearless fundraisers abseiled down the sides of Carlisle’s 135ft Civic Centre for charity on Saturday.

The 37 daredevils included the father of 20-year-old Gary Mellor, from Carlisle, who died in an industrial accident on May 7. His friends and family hope to raise more than £3,000 to buy him the best possible headstone.

Gary Mellor senior, 50, of Mount Pleasant Road, Currock, said their support would help him do his son justice.

He said: “It’s all for the boy, so it’s all good. We’re talking two or three grand for a nice headstone, which I couldn’t afford myself.

“The first week he died, I must have had about a thousand people through the house with condolences and cards. Now thanks to the community in general, we’re going to get him the best headstone we can.”

He took the plunge with family friends Jacky Cooper, 39, and her mother-in-law Margaret Ford, 63. Between them they have already raised around £600 towards the appeal.

Also taking part was Miss Cumbria finalist Amy Nixon, 18, of Hespeck Raise, Durranhill, Carlisle. Before the winner is chosen next month, each contestant must raise at least £250 for children’s charity The Variety Club.

She said: “It was very scary, but a good experience. I’ve raised £250 so far, but there’s still money coming in.

“I’ve always been interested in modelling and that sort of thing, so I thought entering Miss Cumbria could be a great opportunity.”

The remaining 33 abseilers were all parents and teachers raising money for Penruddock Primary School, Penrith. Sue Wallace and her husband Ross, from local company Reach Beyond Adventure, agreed to run the event for free on their behalf.

Headmaster David Spruce said they had raised more than £3,000 for the school, nursery and after-school club.

He said: “We’ve been here for more than five hours doing this. We run a nursery for children from two years old and a club for children outside the school, so the money will go towards all those extra-curricular activities.”

By Meg Jorsh