Braving the cold and frosty weather early Sunday 5th Feb, WP employees Melanie Noel and Kirsty Kelleway joined 120 other supporters to raise money for the Children with Cancer Charity CLIC Sargent. Their challenge was to abseil down the side of the Southampton General Hospital and, with both Kirsty and Melanie complete abseiling novices, the 60 foot drop was something they were both nervous to attempt.
Kirsty went first to thunderous applause from her friends and family and, uncharacteristically, scaled the building quietly. Kirsty has been with a part of the WP Group sales team for over 10 years, now working as an Account Manager based at WP Group's Esso Refinery headquarters in Hythe.
Kirsty commented: "Being a mum of three children really brings home how important charities like CLIC Sargent are; they carry out great work supporting families of children with cancer. Funds are limited so events like today help not only to generate money but also awareness and I was glad to support them. Still, I have to admit I was terrified and did close my eyes when I looked down!"
Melanie, Sales Manager at WP Group, went next supported by numerous family members. There are rumblings circulating that the pair have signed themselves up for a sky dive to continue their fundraising efforts, which has got off to a great start with over £400 raised to already from their abseiling triumph.
Kirsty and Melanie are known in the WP offices for their fear of heights so this was a personal challenge for both, and one that they both overcame.
Everyone at WP Group are very proud of the pair for their achievement. David Fairchild, Managing Director, commented: "It’s an excellent achievement; I was happy to sponsor team WP and look forward to their next challenge as it’s a really worthwhile cause and one we support."
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To find out more about CLIC Sargent, please visit the CLIC Sargent website today.
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WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.
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