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Cancer patient, 73, in leap of faith abseiling down Broadgate Tower for Richard House children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 September 2018

Graham Withey, 73, recovering from cancer, makes leap of faith abseiling down Broadgate Tower. Picture: Pure Light Photography

Graham Withey, 73, recovering from cancer, makes leap of faith abseiling down Broadgate Tower. Picture: Pure Light Photography

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A 73-year-old man recovering from cancer has abseiled 540ft down Broadgate Tower near Liverpool Street Station, one of the City’s tallest buildings, raising funds for east London’s children’s hospice.

Richard House Hospice care director Libby Basson abseils down Broadgate Tower for the charity. Picture: Pure Light PhotographyRichard House Hospice care director Libby Basson abseils down Broadgate Tower for the charity. Picture: Pure Light Photography

Graham Withey, who is in remission after completing his treatment, made the adventurous leap in aid of Richard House Hospice in Becton—where he also volunteers his spare time.

“The abseil was out of this world,” he said after landing safely on terra firma.

“I love what Richard House does for children with life-limiting conditions and their families and the number of different ways they help.”

Another adventurous hospice supporter taking the plunge was Sanjay Arora, from Denton’s law firm in the City.

He said: “I have previously done rock-climbing, but always wanted to abseil. I jumped at the chance to do this for a good cause.

“I have children and understand how hard it can be when one of them is unwell—it must be harder for families who have youngsters with life-limiting conditions.”

The Broadgate Tower abseil is a ‘high point’ in the Richard House calendar, with the money raised going towards the £3.5 million a year needed to keep the hospice running. The charity’s care director Libby Basson also took part in the abseil to help reach this year’s £50,000 target.

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