Around 60 people abseiled down a 150ft crane from a hospital near Oswestry to raise money for their fundraising appeal.

The event, called the Cliffhanger Challenge, took place at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Gobowen, over the weekend and raised a significant £13,000 for the children's ward.

The hospital has embarked on a fundraising campaign named 'Garden for Alice', seeking to create an inclusive sensory garden for paediatric patients and their families.

Participants who took part in the daring 150ft drop included RJAH's chief nursing and patient safety officer, consultant orthopaedic surgeons, nursing staff, former patients, and volunteers.

Hospital volunteer Beryl Angel, 80 years old, was notably the first participant to embark on the daring venture.

Reflecting on her experience, she said: "It was truly an unforgettable experience; I have never done anything like it before but I'm so pleased to have taken part.

"Getting off from the platform was the most nerve-wracking bit, just for a moment I thought I couldn't do it but thanks to some encouragement from my son and daughter-in-law who had gone up with me, and the calm and reassuring event crew, I did it!

“I decided to take part to raise funds for the Garden for Alice appeal as it’s such a worthwhile cause.

"I am so pleased that I have been able to help and want to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated so generously – support from everyone at the hospital, family and friends has been overwhelming."

Chief executive Stacey Keegan applauded the bravery of the participants, saying: "Well done to all the brilliant participants – what a great event that people are still talking about!"

Victoria Sugden, the charity director, extended her gratitude to not only the participants but also the event sponsors Skyjack UK and Tuskers.

She said: "A huge thank you to everyone who braved our cliffhanger challenge in order to raise funds for our Garden for Alice appeal.

"Thanks must also go to our event sponsors Skyjack UK and Tuskers for their generosity."

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