- Created on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:28
Jenny Harriman, the Head of Adult & Community Learning (ACL) at Brixham, decided that she would like to abseil off Berry Head to celebrate her 60th birthday. She had been talked into doing this for the Brixham Skate and Ride group over a decade ago when helping them raise funds for their skate and BMX park.
Jenny said” My Dad was ill with Prostate cancer for the best part of year and it brought it home to me that you must do the things you want to do whilst you still can. So I asked Grenville House if they would organise an abseil for me on Saturday October 16th and decided that it should be to fundraise for ACE, the group of disabled people that use Brixham ACL. Imagine my surprise when recruiting another dozen people to go over the top with me to discover that Ian White, who is a founder member of ACE, wanted to do it too. He is now totally blind. This is a real leap of faith on his part and really deserves support.”
Ian has been gradually going blind over the past twenty years. He was a dental technician prior to losing his sight and is still very competent at pottery and other creative crafts. He is very independent using his German shepherd guide dog to get around.
Ian is secretary of ACE, which is a registered charity, and has been instrumental in building it up to offer a programme of daily classes specifically for disabled people. ACE subsidises their travel, course fees and provides care workers and resources for classes. The charity needs to raise £60,000 per year to maintain this prog
To donate please pop into The Coffee shop in Fore Street Brixham, or the ACL Centre off Westover Close in Brixham.
The ACE Administrator can be contacted on 01803 859409
The point that the abseil will take place at Berry Head is 25 metres high.
Time 9.30-12.30pm on Saturday October 16th.
Head of Adult & Community Learning at Brixham