Fond Farewell from Class of 78 to Needhams Tower with Charity Abseil

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The class of ‘78 from the City of Ely College will abseil down their old school building – the soon to be demolished Needham’s Tower – to raise money for charity.

Ian Cox (top left), Geoffrey Everett (top rt), Robert Skinner and Elaine Pullar.

Four of the former students met up and agreed that turning 50 would be a great time to have a reunion but maybe the milestone should be celebrated in style. It was then that they hatched the plan to abseil down their former school in aid of two local charities.

Mr Cox said: “We wanted to do something different, that students can get involved in… something to remember the building by when it is demolished.

“We wanted to keep it local to see the real benefits in the community; Little Miracles who are a parent led group offering help and care for children with both physical and mental differences. they are creating a sensory garden in Ely and we are hoping our donation will benefit them greatly”.

“The Ely Community First Responders are a dedicated volunteer group who save lives by quickly attending incidents and accidents across the Isle of Ely, their continued selfless work is vital” he added.

The old school friends are also planning on giving the school a legacy gift to commemorate the event.

The event has been backed by the school and Dave Talbott’s Adventure Events will host the event.

The abseil will take place on Saturday March 25. On the day, from 9am until 5pm, there will also be a raffle, bouncy castles and physical ‘donation stations’. Members of the public can sponsor an abseiler.

They will be having a reunion party for former students in the evening followed by a breakfast on the Sunday morning to remember the classmates who are absent.

Geoffrey Everett will be attending the event in honour of his cousin Carl Everett, who died from cancer, and was a former classmate of Ian’s.

They plan to visit Little Miracles ahead of the abseil, on Saturday February 18, to see how their donation will help.