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Right Arrow £3,432 raised for charitable trust from hospital abseil
19 July 2010 at 16:04
A charity abseil off the roof of Ormskirk and District Hospital raised £3,432 for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund.

A cheque for the money was presented to hospital staff on behalf of all the fundraisers by Maureen Jones, 73, of Aughton, near Ormskirk. She single-handedly raised £1,400 towards the total.

Twenty volunteers took part in the event in May when they abseiled down the outside of a 100ft lift shaft.

The money raised will go to towards a conservatory for use by chemotherapy patients; an intensive care unit machine used to warm up hypothermic patients; a cot and bath suitable for babies of parents and carers who use a wheelchair; and, the children’s unit at Ormskirk.

Matt Higham, of North West Adventures, of Southport, who organised the event, said: “Everyone was a great sport on the day and successfully completed their abseil. I am delighted we have been able to raise such a significant sum for patients.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part as well as all those who so generously sponsored the participants. They can be assured every penny will be carefully invested to benefit patients at both Southport and Ormskirk.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Picture shows from left to right: Staff Nurse Shelley Cobley and Senior Sister Alison Moore from the children’s unit at Ormskirk; Sister Sarah Cox from Southport’s Medical Day Unit; North West Adventures’ Matt Higham; and charity abseiler Maureen Jones

2. North West Adventures is run by Matt Higham who has more than 15 years’ experience of traditional and sport rock climbing throughout Britain, Europe and Thailand. He has extensive experience of involvement in running charity abseiling events. For more information, visit