Daredevil Leeds students are on the ropes for charity

Rebecca Watson and Jordana Lang scale the Portland building at Leeds Beckett University to raise money for charity.
Rebecca Watson and Jordana Lang scale the Portland building at Leeds Beckett University to raise money for charity.
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Brave Leeds students with a head for heights scaled their university to raise money for charity.

More than 100 adrenaline junkies from Leeds Beckett University and the community abseiled from the top of the 10- storey high Portland Building at the university’s City Campus this weekend.

The daredevil challenge was part of the 2015 Great Big Volunteering Abseil to raise money for a variety of international volunteering projects.

Cara McCosh, senior project officer at Leeds Beckett and co-organiser of the abseil, said: “The Great Big Volunteering Abseil is an annual event which gives our students the opportunity to raise money for their chosen charities, bond with their volunteering project teams and challenge themselves.

“This year, we have more than 100 abseilers and, with each raising a minimum of £50, we’re expecting to be able to give more than £5,000 to the charities supported.”

International volunteering projects taking place this year, organised by Leeds Beckett for teams of students and staff, include building playgrounds in Uganda, sports coaching in South Africa, and community development in Ghana.

The student teams were joined by challengers from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the University of Leeds to raise money.

Their chosen charities include sporting and educational charity KickStart Ghana, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Snehalaya, a women and children’s charity based in India.

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