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Weekly Edition - Published  28 July 2016


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Homecoming abseil for charity boss with a fear of heights

A charity boss is preparing for a Merseyside homecoming with a difference as she prepares to conquer a fear of heights.  Kate Wynne, 41, is to abseil down Liverpool Cathedral to help raise vital funds for vulnerable children supported by her employer The Children's Society; and is calling for more Liverpudlians to join the charity's team.

She had a wobble having realised only after she had signed up, that the fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday, 30 July 2016, is a freefall abseil. But Kate, who grew up in West Derby before moving away for work aged 22, has now resolved to step up to the challenge.

She will be supported by family and friends from Liverpool, including her dad Paul, who still lives in West Derby, and other relatives including her 3 year old niece Jasmine and sister in law Stephanie.

The money Kate raises through sponsorship will help support The Children's Society's work with vulnerable children and young people, including those at risk of going missing and child sexual exploitation, those in care and those with mental health issues.

The Anglican Cathedral's annual freefall abseil sees more than 600 people including individuals and members of charity and business teams raise funds for good causes. Kate, a former pupil at St Paul's Catholic Junior School and Broughton Hall Catholic High School, said:- "I've never done anything like this before. I looked at the different fundraising events including the marathon and 5k run options and thought this one would be easy - plus it's a chance to see my family and a City I love. I almost forgot that I'm really not great with heights and didn't realise until after I'd entered that it was a freefall abseil."

Kate, who is The Children's Society's director of business development, said she was now thinking:- "what have I done?"   Kate, who is mum to 2 year old Beatrix went on to add:- "I went to the top of Muswell Hill near where I live in London, as part of my training and looked down; and that was bad enough. But I just wanted to do my bit to add some money to The Children's Society's frontline services because I'm proud of what we do to support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society who have been through some terrible experiences. The more money we raise the more children we can help so I would urge people up for an exciting challenge while raising money for a great cause to sign up. You can't beat the generosity of Liverpudlians; around ½ of my donations so far have come from the City of Liverpool!"

To sponsor Kate visit:-

To join Kate on The Children's Society's team visit the groups website.

Entrants pay a £50 registration fee which covers the costs of entering a team, helping to keep entry to the Cathedral free to visitors and supporting its work in the community. People are then asked to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship for The Children's Society.

The charity's dedicated events team provides support for participants including an online training zone with a virtual personal trainer, a fundraising pack and email updates. All entrants receive a branded t-shirt for the challenge.

The challenge is open to anyone over the age of 16 in a good state of medical and fitness health. No prior experience is necessary.

Participants are asked to arrive at the West End doors of the Cathedral by noon in time for a briefing ahead of the descent at 1pm.

Sarah Shelton, Regional Fundraising Manager for The Children's Society, said:- "We're all rooting for Kate as she looks to overcome her fear of heights. Without the fantastic support of people who take part in, organise and sponsor fundraising events and those who raise funds for The Children's Society in other ways, we could not possibly make a positive difference to the lives of so many vulnerable children and young people. I would urge anyone who fancies a challenge with a difference, offering incredible views of Liverpool while enabling participants to raise money for such an important cause, to sign up."

The Children's Society was founded by a Sunday School teacher, Edward Rudolf, in 1881, and maintains close links with the Church of England. Liverpool Cathedral organises an annual Christingle service, which raises vital funds for the charity.


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