Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
SIX PEOPLE abseiled 120 feet down the west face of Canterbury
Cathedral to raise funds for the charity Odyssey. Among them was
Heather Newton (left in picture), one of the stone conservators at the
cathedral, whose son, Oliver, anxiously awaited her safe arrival on the ground.
The abseilers were a distinguished bunch, and included the Lord Mayor, the
MP, the chief executive of the city council, the conductor of the choral
society, and the Receiver General of the cathedral. In total they raised more
Odyssey originated in Canterbury, the brainchild of a Canterbury consultant
oncologist, Dr Howard Smedley. It provides life-enhancing programmes for
younger cancer sufferers, taking groups for five days, often for some
activities in the style of Outward Bound, but also drawing on art and music.