£8-10k raised during Charity Abseil

An estimated £8-10K was raised for three great charities last week (Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April) after over 90 brave souls’ abseiled down one of Taunton’s tallest buildings.

Over the two days, 93 people from Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, FLAG (Flooding on the Levels Actions Group), Clarke Willmott Clarke and other local businesses abseiled down the seven storey high C-Block, County Hall.

The funds raised will be divided equally between Somerset Community Foundation, an organisation that helps flood victims, and Somerset County Council’s Chairman’s Charities – the National Autistic Society and Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation (a charity which provides those little extras for disadvantaged Somerset children).

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Chairman and local member for Monkton and North Curry said: “I want to thank everyone who took part. I know for many, they faced their greatest fear abseiling down County Hall whilst raising funds for three good causes. I also want to thank the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who expertly ran the abseil and helped all 93 abseilers achieve their goal.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Trevor Stratford from the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said: “We were very pleased to help with such worthwhile causes including the National Autistic Society, STAR and Somerset Community Foundation. Our crews were involved throughout the flooding period and saw at first hand the impact it had on the communities involved. We hope this event will help in a small way towards the efforts to get their homes back to normal as well as help disadvantaged Somerset children and people with autism.”

To donate, please click on justgiving.com/company/somersetcountycouncil or contact Lindsey Tawse on 01823 356859 or email LTawse@somerset.gov.uk