A SPRIGHTLY pensioner from Lisburn abseiled
135ft down Scrabo Tower in order to raise vital funds for
national charity Cruse Bereavement Care Northern Ireland on
David Dowling, along with three generations
of his family Yvonne, Paul and Kelly McKee, all took part in the
Mr. Dowling commented: "Cruse is a very
worthy charity and as well as raising money for them we have all
have the chance to take part in this unique event. It was an
excellent day all round."
The charity, has been providing bereavement
support in NI since 1984, exists to promote the wellbeing of
bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by
death to understand their grief and cope with
All the services are provided by Cruse free
of charge therefore the charity is wholly dependent on the
generosity of the local community and statutory support to
deliver the services.
This is why fundraising events such as the
sponsored abseil are crucial for the continued survival of the
Anne Townsend, Regional Manager for Cruse in
Northern Ireland states: "In Northern Ireland there are
approximately 15,000 deaths each year. Bereavement is something
that touches everyone at one stage in their lives and for some
people the effects of bereavement may be long lasting.
"Cruse is often instrumental in helping
people come to terms with their grief.
"However, the sustainability of Cruse is
dependent on the support of the community and fundraising."
Information on the support services Cruse
provides, log onto their website