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Abseil raises thousands

Brave fundraisers were seen walking off the roof of Bedford College during a recent charity event.

The annual charity abseil took place in February, despite freezing temperatures. Nearly 20 people climbed off the building to raise money for cancer charity CLICK Sargent.

Noemie Salvaudon, event fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “The event was a great success and we had a brilliant atmosphere on the day.

“To date, over £3,000 has been raised, which could pay for a CLIC Sargent social worker to support families for three weeks.

“Our social workers help the whole family, including siblings and grandparents, to understand and cope with the emotional, practical and financial affects of cancer, from the very moment their child is diagnosed.”

Money raised from the event will help the charity provide vital services, including nurses and care professionals in hospital, grants to help families meet extra costs and free ‘home from home’ accommodation close to the main children’s cancer centres.

Another fundraising event, the Cycletta, is set to take place for a second time this year.

The women-only cycling event for Macmillan Cancer Support will take place at nearby Woburn Abbey in May.

Hundreds of women from Bedford and the surrounding area are set to take part in the event, which will be led by Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton.

A Cycletta spokesman said: “Last year around 800 women took to the roads of Bedfordshire in September and this year organisers are looking forward to welcoming numbers of more than 1,000 at stunning Woburn Abbey.”

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