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Daredevils To Brave Peak District Abseil For Ashgate Hospicecare

From a 14 year old schoolgirl to a 63 year old volunteer – fundraisers of all ages are preparing to abseil from 80-feet for Ashgate Hospicecare this summer.

Daredevils are set to brave the adrenaline inducing charity challenge off Millers Dale Bridge in the Peak District on Sunday 15th August to help raise vital funds towards the hospice’s care.

Lyla Gregory, from Birdholme, Chesterfield, is the youngest participant at 14 years old to have signed up to the event, which promises spectacular views above the River Wye.

Lyla has been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives after her dad, Dean Gregory, died when she was just four years old.

The Tupton Hall School pupil was inspired to support Ashgate in memory of a member of her extended family, Dave Warne, who died in comfort under the charity’s care after being diagnosed with cancer.

We Spoke to Lyla about why she has undertaken this mammoth leap for Ashgate Hospis Going above to help them raise money.

She said: “When I saw there was an opportunity to Abseil for Ashgate I knew I wanted to take part. I have abseiled before on school trips and through Brownies and Guides, so I knew it was something I could do. At the moment I am feeling really excited, but I know the nerves will kick in as it gets closer!

“Ashgate is such an important local charity; we always try to go to the summer and Christmas fairs and I am so happy I have an opportunity to be involved in this event.

“I think if everyone does what they can – whether it’s abseiling off a bridge or something as simple as buying a cake at a cake sale – we can make a real difference!”

Lyla has almost reached her target of raising £200 to help Ashgate fund its palliative and end-of- lifecare for families across North Derbyshire Living with a life-limiting illness.

Other participants taking part include volunteer Pam Barker, 63, from Newbold, who is familiar with Ashgate’s events having volunteered at the charity’s Christmas and Summer Fairs, the Sparkle Night Walk and more.

Pam says abseiling is a great way to support the charity and is urging other people to sign up and join her and Lyla.

She added: “I was looking for a bit of excitement after lockdown, so I thought what better way to do that than jumping off a bridge and abseiling for the hospice.

“I’m feeling just slightly nervous but I’m mainly excited for the challenge; I have abseiled before but admittedly I was quite a bit younger then!

“Ashgate is such a tranquil place, with lovely people, staff and volunteers. It’s so important to the area and although none of my family members has needed their support yet, things may be different in the future, so it’s essential we do what we can to ensure it’s there for the future.”

The minimum age for this event is 10 years or over. Successful applicants must also commit to raising £70 in sponsorship.


For more information go to www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/events/abseil-in-the-peak-district/ or email [email protected]

Alternatively, you can call our Fundraising team on 01246 567 250.

Lyla Gregory the youngest participant