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Scaling the heights for charity

BEING suspended above Town Hall is not my idea of fun, but that's exactly what I'll be doing next Thursday to raise funds for the Action for Breast Cancer (ABC) campaign.

My colleague Owen Morris and I will be taking to the skies in an aerial ladder platform to help raise more than £260,000 for life-saving equipment at the new breast cancer clinic at City Hospital.

While we are elevated more than 27 metres up in the air, the rest of the Review and Observer team will be on the ground selling special edition pink papers.

The more papers they sell, the quicker we will get down. The city centre event takes, which takes place on Thursday, October 20, runs from 10am to 2pm with the ladder stint taking place around 12pm.

"I'm a bit worried because we won't get any bathroom breaks while we are up there," joked education reporter Owen Morris.

"But I'm sure we can rely on the good, generous and may I say unusually attractive people of to get us down as soon as possible."

As well as the obvious draw of watching two reporters quaking in their boots, readers can tuck into some tasty pink cakes courtesy of Greggs.

There will also a mass of prizes up for grabs in the tombola, including some giant punch balls, multi-coloured umbrellas, flashing badges, wacky fridge magnets, paperback books and groovy skipping ropes.

With the help of our readers, the ABC appeal will raise £134,000 for a mammography machine, £65,000 for an ultra sound scanner and £61,000 for a faxitron machine.

We hope the event will inspire readers to come up with their own ABC fundraising ideas. So whether it's a sponsored swimathon, a wacky fun run or pub darts match, everyone can do their bit.

Call Chief Reporter Angela Knight on about any fundraising events you organise. For a fundraising pack call Mankit Yau, Head of fundraising at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust on or email

12:11pm Thursday 13th October 2005

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