Take The Plunge For Martin House


Take the plunge and abseil from Yorkshire landmark the Cow and Calf to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice this summer.

Martin House is appealing for daredevils from across the region to take part in the abseil, which takes place at the famous Ilkley Moor landmark on Saturday 18 June.

Maddie Bentley, senior events fundraiser at Martin House, said: “We launched our abseil last year and it was a huge success, so we’re really excited to be back this summer.

“The Cow and Calf is just a breath-taking spot, with amazing views across the Yorkshire countryside. We think it’s the perfect place to have an adventure like abseiling.”

Participants will make their way across the Ilkley Moor boulders before abseiling down the 50ft rock face of the Cow, all in the safe hands of the Yorkshire Adventure Company, which is supporting Martin House with the event.

Maddie added: “You don’t need any specialist equipment or previous experience – just a head for heights and sensible outdoor clothing and footwear – and we provide the rest. 

“You can bring your family and friends to cheer you along, and even bring a picnic to make a day of it.”

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, providing planned and emergency care, symptom control, as well as supporting families in their own homes and when their child is in hospital. 

It costs up to £9 million a year to run the hospice, with nearly 90 per cent of that total coming from fundraising and voluntary income.

Signing up for the abseil costs £25, and everyone taking part is asked to raise at least £175 in sponsorship.

Maddie said: “Raising £175 could help to pay for a bereaved family to have support sessions with one of our specialist counsellors, so they money you raise will have a real impact on the families we care for.”

For more information and to sign up to the Cow and Calf Abseil, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk/abseil. 

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