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Safely down


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 than £9000.

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.

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