Proud MS team celebrates success at abseil challenge

Angela Marchant, left, and Biljana Saunders abseiling for the Sussex MS Treatment Centre in Southwick ''PICTURE: PAUL FLETCHER
Angela Marchant, left, and Biljana Saunders abseiling for the Sussex MS Treatment Centre in Southwick ''PICTURE: PAUL FLETCHER

BRAVE multiple sclerosis sufferers faced the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for a Southwick-based charity.

More than 30 people, including staff, nurses and members from the Sussex MS Treatment Centre, abseiled down Peacehaven Cliffs on Sunday, September 8.

Many of those taking part suffer from multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, making the 130ft descent to the bottom of the cliffs particularly challenging.

Centre member Angela Marchant, who suffers from MS, said: “It was a challenge of a lifetime, it took me time to get down, but I made it, and was so proud to have done so.

“I’ve raised just over £800 for the MS centre and it will help the centre continue to provide services such as specialist treatments and classes, which are a lifeline to the centre members and myself.”

Training and instruction was given at the top of the cliff and all the safety equipment was provided. Those taking part were then supported from the top until they had safely landed at the bottom.

Staff at the centre, in Croft Avenue, said it was a day of smiles and proud accomplishment for so many who took part, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

Abseiling down the heart-stopping drop was a momentous experience for all those who took part, especially for those who had to overcome physical challenges to take part.

Peacehaven Heights is a popular spot for charity abseiling down the chalf cliffs, which offer a spectacular view out over the English Channel.

The money will help the centre to continue supplying vital services such as treatments, classes and counselling to an ever-increasing demand of those in need in Sussex.

The Sussex MS Treatment Centre, which recently received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, is an independent small charity which receives no funding from the NHS, or local authorities, and relies on fundraising events to provide crucial services to the community.

Telephone 01273 594484 or email events@mssussex.com for more information.