Mass abseil raises £2,300 for charity

Jon Vincent, Principal, TyneMet College and Kay Finlay, Health and Social Care Student.

Jon Vincent, Principal, TyneMet College and Kay Finlay, Health and Social Care Student.

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students and teachers have raised more than £2,000 for charity by abseiling 200ft down the side of a hotel.

Staff and students from Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields, John Spence High School in North Shields and Whitley Bay’s Marden High School, an ICT teacher from Norham Community Technology College made the descent down the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

TyneMet college principal Jon Vincent was the first to step over the ledge and abseil down to the courtyard below, closely followed by 50 students.

He said: “The abseil proved to be a fantastic event, not only to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but to bring people together from a host of different backgrounds, all supporting each other.

“Students supported other students who they previously had not met, and the local schools supported the colleges and vice versa.

“Teachers and students worked together, giving each other moral support to complete the abseil challenge, which, for some, was the scariest feat they had ever had to perform.

“An event like this goes to show, that, with the support of others, teamwork and focusing on an end result, individuals can reach out from their comfort zone, overcome their barriers and achieve their full potential.”

The abseil raised £2,300 for the charity.