Schoolchildren and seniors conquer cancer charity abseil for Penny Brohn in BristolPosted on: 13 Mar 2018
Over £8,000 was raised for cancer charity Penny Brohn on Saturday 10th March by an abseiling event which took place from the top floor of Bristol’s Cabot Circus.30 brave volunteers, aged from 6 to 72, took part to support the charity’s life changing work. Penny Brohn relies heavily on donations, and with the predicted total for the event ranging from £4,500-£5,000, the day was a complete success and surpassed all expectations. Dave Talbot Adventure Events provided qualified instruction for all those involved, meaning that everybody was able to take part, whether they had past experience or not.
The charity employ a holisitic approach to cancer care, offering a wide variety of support for patients and their families. Having been established for over 37 years, they focus on combatting the emotional effects of cancer as well as the physical, with their ‘Bristol Whole Life Approach’ involving advice on exercise, nutrition and stress. Emotional repercussions of the disease are considered by almost half of cancer patients to be the most difficult aspect to handle. Penny Brohn’s ‘Wellness Package’ was funded sufficiently to reach 519 people in 2014, and resulted in 67% of those treated reporting improvements in their relationships, and 86% feeling they could manage their health more successfully at 6 weeks post treatment plan.
The number of people beating cancer is on the rise, with 10 year survival rates post diagnosis now at 50%. Charity events like this continue to raise vital funds to support this improvement in prognosis. It appears likely that a follow up event will take place, with many people already asking to take part. Each volunteer donated £20 to perform the abseil, as well as raising at least £50 each.
For more information on the charity and their work, call 0303 3000 118 or visit their website here .
Iona is a final year Biomedical Science Undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Her passions include blogging, walks by the harbour and exploring new cocktail venues. Iona is working with 365Bristol as part of the Santander Internship scheme for spring and summer 2018.