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Macca’s Abseil for Charity Richard Macdonald of the Allen Valley Quoits League Reports

There were 23 of us raising money for Chin-Up Charity, who provide respite services for terminally ill, and severely ill children under 18 years old.

We all did an Abseil from Lambley Viaduct, from a height of 115ft.  Personally I enjoyed the experience, and so did most people, some overcoming their fears of heights.

This Viaduct is on the old Railway line between Haltwhistle in Northumberland, and Alston in Cumbria which was closed down about 1975.  My last journey on this train was in summer of 1974 aged 15 and we went over the viaduct several times that summer to get supplies (beer mainly) from Haltwhistle for or camping expedition at Eals, a small hamlet near Slaggyford.  The train would stop wherever you wanted to get off- forget asbout stations, that saved a few miles of walking!!

Anyway, I personally raised just over £1,500 for Chin Up by approaching my family, colleagues, friends, and most of the Allen Valley Quoits players, plus quoits contacts from Wales and Yorkshire.  Money also came in from Australia, Canada, USA, Spain, France, Scotland, Wales and all areas of England.

I was overwhelmed by the great response for a worthy cause. I have no idea yet what the total made by all 23 participants but I know it will greatly help this small charity in their quest to get a second holiday home for respite services in Cumbria, to add to the one in Seahouses, Northumberland.