Parents and staff from Cranleigh Preparatory School sailed in to action to raise funds for the RNLI on Saturday June 25. Led by Headmaster Michael Wilson the group of 48 abseilers raised almost £20, 000 to help fund new lifeboat equipment.
Event organiser Penny Tawse said: “It was brilliant to see such a great turnout of family, friends, and members of the public to cheer us on and help us raise funds for the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteers.
“Lots of the volunteers were terrified at the prospect but everyone enjoyed it and we raised so much which is fabulous for such a good cause.
“It was pretty nerve wracking leaning out over the edge but nothing compared to some of the things that thee lifeboat volunteers go out to. It’s much scarier to think about responding to the pager and launching in the dark, not quite knowing what to expect or what lies ahead. They really deserve our support.”
Each year group at the school chooses a different charity to support for the academic year, generating funds with a mixture of activities, cake sales, film nights and other ideas.
The pupils enjoy learning about different charities and helping to support them but this time the safety issues around a 400-foot abseil meant they had to rope their parents and teachers in to help instead.
Penny added: ‘“Everyone knows that the RNLI relies entirely on donations and saves lives every year, so it was a little easier than I’d hoped to persuade people to throw themselves off a building!’
To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/cranabseilrnli