Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WONEWS to 80360, or email
Addingham fundraiser's charity abseil off 400ft tower
A fundraiser from Addingham proved he had a head for heights by abseiling down the near-400 foot CIS Tower in Manchester for charity.
Paul Pilling, a telephony programmer at The Co-operative, joined nearly 100 colleagues who abseiled down the landmark building in a bid to raise money for the Carers Trust.
The Trust is the The Co-operative’s charity of the year. The money raised will enable the charity to provide desperately-needed breaks, information, advice, support and services for 14 to 25-year-olds who are facing the challenges of being carers.
Mr Pilling said: “This is a cause that has really become close to our hearts. Even though it is likely to affect most families at some time it remains an often a hidden issue with young people all around us taking on incredible levels of caring responsibilities all too often to the detriment of their own health, well-being and aspirations.
“I really wanted to do something to raise money for Carers Trust and to support the work it does in our communities. So far people have pledged more than £300, so I would like to thank them very much for all of the support and encouragement that they have shown.
He added: “The abseil was brilliant, an incredible opportunity to make a difference and an experience that I certainly won’t forget in a hurry.”
There are estimated to be 500,000 unpaid young adult carers, aged from 14 to 25, in the UK, who take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health problems and cannot cope without their support.
Forming part of The Co-operative’s commitment to inspiring young people, more than £2.5 million has been raised by its staff, members and customers since the Charity of the Year partnership was launched at the start of the year by Sugababe singer Jade Ewen, herself a young adult carer.
For more details, visit cooperative.coop/charityof theyear.
Comments are closed on this article.