2 December 2015

Seven members of the Streets Ahead team have bravely abseiled 90ft down Millers Dale Bridge in the Peak District in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The team, who raised over £700, began their adventure at the disused Millers Station in the Peak District before they made their way along the old railway track to the bridge. They then descended down the old railway bridge, one by one, with the fast-flowing River Wye below them.

Michael Sherratt, a Streets Ahead Highways Inspector, took part in the abseil and said: “I chose to do the abseil as it’s something completely different and a challenge, and of course it’s for a good cause. I’ve never done anything like an abseil before, so I found it nerve wrecking and letting go of the rail at the top of the bridge was the hardest part, but the rest of the team were cheering me on. Once I reached the bottom I was exhilarated and wanted to do it all again! The entire team put in a great effort and it is a fantastic achievement for all of us.

“We’ve all been getting stuck in over the year to support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice (the chosen charity for 2015) and together we’ve done a great job. The money raised will make such a difference to local children and their families.”

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Recycling, said: “This is a great achievement by the Streets Ahead team and I would like to congratulate them for their dedication in helping to raise money for Bluebell Wood.”

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director, said: “We’re really proud that our colleagues have taken the time to take part in such challenging activities in order to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. I was also very pleased to see so many members of the Streets Ahead team supporting those taking part by giving generously through sponsorship and cheering them on during their challenges.

“We’re coming to the end of our year supporting Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and I’m proud that the whole team have contributed in some way or another to support the charity throughout 2015.

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re really proud to have the amazing support we get from companies, both regional and national. Streets Ahead staff have really got involved with our activities and it’s great to see colleagues have fun together as a team while supporting Bluebell Wood.”

Streets Ahead has been supporting Bluebell Wood in a number of ways throughout 2015, which includes adventurous employees taking part in several fundraising challenges.