A giant leap for hospice

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HIPPERHOLME’S Eve Barraclough, will be scaling new heights to help raise funds for a children’s hospice.

Eve has volunteered to climb and abseil down two walls at ROKT climbing gym in a bid to raise £500 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Brackenhall.

Eve said it was a worthy cause that was struggling to make money.

“I just thought why not raise some money and do something I have always wanted to do all at the same time,” she said.

Supported by her colleagues at Mr Pizza in Bethel Street, family and friends, Eve has been trying to come up with an idea to raise money for a vital cause.

“It just so happened that at the time I was thinking about it someone came into Mr Pizza with a leaflet and I thought why not do that,” she said.

Eve has been to look at the walls she will be climbing and abseiling down but said it didn’t worry her. “I felt quite exhilarated when I saw them and I can’t wait to get on and do it.

“I have always been quite active and do a lot of walking. And when the extreme sports come on TV I am always saying to my husband I would like to do that,” said Eve.

Eve who is only 5ft aimed to raise £500 but said she had exceeded that target. “I still want people to support me but I have passed that target of £500 which is great with the help of friends, family, and local businesses,” she said.

“I am really pleased that I have reached it because I thought it was going to be a big ask. So I was quite surprised that in just over two weeks I have passed my target.”

Eve will be taking the plunge this Saturday at the climbing gym in Mill Royd Street, despite hurting one of her fingers. She will climb and abseil down the highest wall at 22-metres.

Community fund-raiser Richard Mitchell said: “The vital support from the local community is essential to our children’s Hospice, this enables us to sustain the services we provide to children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.”