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Issue:- 28 July 2011

Down for a challenge? Sign up for the 2011 Cathedral Abseil

DAREDEVILS who are ‘down for a challenge’ are being invited to brave a 150ft freefall abseil over the front entrance of Liverpool Cathedral.   The 2011 Cathedral abseil takes place on Saturday, 17 September 2011, and is open to anyone over the age of 18 in a good state of medical and fitness health. No prior experience is necessary. It costs £35 registration fee with a minimum sponsorship of £120 for the Cathedral Foundation.

The Cathedral Foundation supports the Cathedral in its work and helps keep entry free to visitors. Projects for the future include an expansion of the Education department, the growing of a £2million Endowment Fund for the Girl’s Voices, addressing carbon footprint and energy efficiency in order to create a ‘green’ Cathedral and developing the Welsford Porch into a unique space that will help the Cathedral achieve self-sufficiency.

The abseil provides a breathtaking vantage point across the city and beyond. Last year, 87 year old Cathedral Canon Michael Wolfe was one of the first to brave the freefall abseil down the front entrance of the building. He said:- "This was a real challenge for an ‘oldie’! Great fun, great views and it was completely safe in the capable hands of our Cathedral Fundraiser Rebecca Bentham and Awesome Walls. I would recommend it to anyone under the age of 100! A great experience that also helps Cathedral funds."

To sign up or find out more contact Rebecca Bentham, Fundraising Manager by downloading from the Liverpool Cathedral website.

Red Cross seeks Red Devils for the Hell Runner!

THE British Red Cross are looking for teams or individuals to enter The Brooks Hell Runner, one of the most challenging and spectacular events you are ever likely to do. This event isn't for the faint hearted so be warned; you WILL be challenged and tested to the limit!

There are 2 races, one on Saturday, 10 September 2011 and one on Sunday, 11 September 2011, both starting at 11.30am at Delamere Forest and this toughest ever course will take you over 11 miles of demanding and energy sapping terrain. You will take on the Hills of Hell and the infamous Bog of Doom and that's just for starters.   The Devil himself will see you off and welcome you back, presenting with your very own survivors medal, brilliant Goody Bag and Brooks Technical T-shirt.

There is free car parking, music and an unrivalled atmosphere... But get your entries in quick as this event fills up to capacity every year!! The Finish will bring redemption… but only to successful Hell Runners.

Entry is £30 and British Red Cross are challenging participants to raise £100 in sponsorship. Senior Community Fundraiser from Liverpool Alexis Fairclough said:- "Every penny raised from entering this gruelling and challenging event will be used to help people in crisis both here in the UK and overseas like during the current crisis in East Africa. The British Red Cross has already started helping the more than eleven million people currently affected by the worsening drought in the Horn of Africa. Very poor rainfall in the region has led to the driest period in 60 years for some areas, leading to crop failures and deaths of livestock. High and increasing staple food prices, as well as regional conflict, are combining with the weather to make a bad situation even worse, forcing millions of people to embark on treks to the nearest refugee camp in the hope of surviving."

Money raised from taking part in the Hell Runner will go to support the work of the British Red Cross, both providing emergency relief and helping people recover their livelihoods during crisis in the UK and all around the World.

Your help can be used on the following; £8 could feed a critically malnourished child for a week; £20 could buy ten jerry cans to enable a family to transport and store water safely; £45 could provide a group of farmers with 30 fruit tree seedlings; £50 could buy a box of 125 bandages for students to learn how to dress injuries and £100 could keep our Fire Victim Support vehicle in Merseyside going for a week.

Thanks for your support, the Red Cross can continue to help people in crisis across the world and around the corner.   To enter the Hell Runner or to find out more email Alexis or call him on:- 0151 702 5061.


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