Fundraising couple hit the heights with abseil

HUCKNALL couple MANDY and RICK SIMS have aimed high with a charity challenge.

They completed their first abseil with a descent of 80 metres from the top of the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.

Mandy and Rick, who live on Penhale Drive, took on the hair-raising challenge in aid of Clic Sargent, a charity which cares for children and young people with cancer and provides support for families at home and in hospital from the day of diagnosis.

They sponsored themselves by saving money which would otherwise have been spent on family birthday presents and raised a total of £250.

Before the abseil, Mandy said: “Rick hates heights and I think I’m beginning to feel the same.

“But the abseil was very well organised by Clic Sargent, who provided the necessary training and equipment.”

The couple’s daughter, Abbie (17), has battled a life-threatening brain tumour from the age of seven and she achieved two special accolades last year.

First, she won the Bravest Young Person category at the WellChild awards. This was presented in London and Abbie chatted with Prince Harry, who is the charity’s patron.

Then Abbie received the coveted girls’ award at the annual Pride of Hucknall presentations. This is her last year in the sixth form of Holgate Comprehensive School, Hucknall and she has just finished her AS-level exams.

Nominating Abbie for the Pride of Hucknall award, her school head of year described her as a ‘truly remarkable young lady’.