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Team of University of Northampton employees raise £3,000 from charity abseil down lift tower

Members of staff from the University of Northamptons Marketing and HR team, and Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford took on the challenge to abseil down all 418 feet of Northampton Lift Tower on Saturday 30 August in aid of Canine Partners. NNL-140209-155053001

Members of staff from the University of Northamptons Marketing and HR team, and Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford took on the challenge to abseil down all 418 feet of Northampton Lift Tower on Saturday 30 August in aid of Canine Partners. NNL-140209-155053001

The Vice-Chancellor of The University of Northampton, Professor Nick Petford, was among a team of daredevils who have raised £3,000 for charity after they abseiled down the National Lift Tower.

The money was raised for Canine Partners in honour of Darren Parris, husband of the university’s senior Marketing officer, Susan Parris, who had a below the knee amputation in April.

Mr Parris is currently in the process of being assessed by Canine Partners to see if an assistance dog could provide him with practical day to day assistance.

Mr Parris said: “I wanted to do something for the Canine Partners to help them continue their fantastic work. My wife Susan and I decided to raise funds by facing the full height of the Lift Tower. When Susan started talking about our plan in the office, her work colleagues decided to get involved too.”

Mrs Parris said: “It was a great day with a fantastic atmosphere. We were delighted with the support we received from our friends and colleagues, who were willing to put their fears to one side to raise money for such a good cause. I would like to thank the representatives from Canine Partners who came to support with one of their dogs, Crunchie.”

The team from the University were joined by Bernie, the Saints’ mascot, during the abseil on Saturday. To donate visit the team’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/teams/cpat

 

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