University daredevils take on the Lift Tower

Date 16.11.2015


Daredevil members of staff from the University of Northampton’s Marketing and HR team, and Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford took on the challenge to abseil down all 418 feet of Northampton Lift Tower on Saturday 30 August in aid of Canine Partners.

In April, local man Darren Parris, husband of the University’s Senior Marketing Officer, Susan Parris, had a below the knee amputation. During the early stages of Darren’s rehabilitation he was assessed by Canine Partners to see if an assistance dog could provide practical day to day assistance.

Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration.

Darren said: “I wanted to do something for the Canine Partners them to help them continue their fantastic work. My wife Susan and I decided to raise funds by facing the full height of the Lift Tower. When Susan started talking about our plan in the office, her work colleagues decided to get involved too!”

Staff involved with abseil and Saints mascot at Northampton Lift Twoer

Susan commented: “It was a great day with a fantastic atmosphere! We were delighted with the support we received from our friends and colleagues, who were willing to put their fears to one side to raise money for such a good cause. I would like to thank the representatives from Canine Partners who came to support with one of their dogs, Crunchie.”

The team from the University were joined by Bernie, the Saints’ mascot, who joined in activities on the ground. So far the team have raised almost £3,000 for the charity, smashing the original fundraising target of £750.

To donate visit the team’s Just Giving page