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30 thrill seekers to jump for Winston’s Wish in Leeds

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30 determined thrill seekers will jump for Winston’s Wish in April, raising money to support the charity’s work with bereaved children. The group will be abseiling down the CLV student accommodation building in Leeds city centre, which stands at 296ft.

On the 23rd of April, the 30 brave volunteers will be abseiling down the CLV student accommodation building in Leeds City Centre – the third highest building in the city. The group, mainly consisting of friends and family, is led by Lianne Roach, whose children were bereaved of their father in September 2013.

For Lianne, an administrator, choosing Winston’s Wish as the beneficiary of their fundraising was an important decision. Whilst her children received support from friends and family following the death of their father, Lianne understands that some families do not receive such support, which is where Winston’s Wish can help.

The team of family and friends are to be joined by members of the public who heard about the event and wanted to join in the fundraising. Anyone wishing to support the abseil can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/WinstonsWishAbseil

Lianne Roach said:

“I was introduced to Winston’s Wish by my son’s counsellor and I ordered some lovely publications about how to talk to the children about their loss. The books were great and gave some ideas on how to help my two sons and step-daughter that I would never have considered. As a family, we were lucky to have such great support from our friends and family but Winston’s Wish can provide that additional help that could be invaluable.

I am very grateful to the team of volunteers who are undertaking the abseil with me! We hope to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.”

Elizabeth Tomala, Fundraising Assistant at Winston’s Wish, added:

“We were absolutely delighted to hear that Lianne and her team of 30 are fundraising to support the work we do with bereaved children. It’s an incredible challenge with the building standing at 296ft tall and we can’t wait to find out how they get on. We’re all wishing them the best of luck!”

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches more than 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

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