Volunteers from four Bolton schools took part in a 60 metre abseil from the Trafford Centre to raise money for defibrillators in their school. These included St Maxentius Primary in Blackshaw, SS Osmund & Andrew in Breightmet, Blackshaw Primary in Breightmet and St Stephen’s CE Primary School in Kearsley.
Teachers and parents from the schools abseiled from shopping centre’s bell towere on Sunday September 22 to support Bolton ICD supprot Group.
Headteacher at St Maxentius Clare Bennett said “It was amazing really. Everyone who took part did a fantastic job. There was a huge cheer for the parents taking part. It is great that everybody did something they wouldn’t normally for and went out of their comfort zone for a good cause. Everyone was absolutely petrified beforehand but absolutely delighted after. It was a remarkable achievement. You just never know when heart problems are going to affect you or somebody you known. To be able to save a child’s life is invaluable. We talk to the children about Christian values and doing things for others. The staff and pupils work closely together and I think seeing people pushing themselves to support others is amazing.”
Ms Melia of Gate Close, Harwood, said “I was frightened as I stepped up there, but knew my children were watching and I did not want to let them down. It was the most amazing feeling. the kids came and gave me a hug when I got to the bottom. I’d definitley do this again.”
Another volunteer to take part was Catherine Bell, who is a member of staff at SS Osmund & Andrews RC Primary School. Headteacher John Thorp said “There’s no way that I would be doing it. Catherine’s very brace to even contemplate doing it. She has to be given credit for her bravery.”