Hayley’s abseil hits the charity heights

Hayley Ruddy prepares for the abseil
Hayley Ruddy prepares for the abseil

A Giltbrook mum successfully completed a daunting 85ft abseil down the side of the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham — a charity challenge inspired by her seriously-ill son.

Hayley Ruddy and others who took part in the challenge have helped to raise almost £12,000 for CLIC Sargent, which has supported her since her six-month-old son Joey, who is being treated at the QMC, was diagnosed with leukaemia at just nine weeks old.

The 24-year-old, who has personally raised £433 so far, said she was delighted with the support she had recieved while fundraising and hoped it would allow the cancer charity to continue to support other families through tough times.

Hayley’s cousin joined her at the top of the hospital on Sunday to offer encouragement as the mum-of-two is scared of heights.

Joey is currently undergoing his third course of chemotherapy and is waiting for a bone-marrow transplant, and CLIC Sargent have provided advice and financial support since his diagnosis.

Nichola Doran, regional fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said the charity does not receive government funding and so relies on the generosity of those in the community.

She added: “We are always heartened by mums like Hayley who, at what is a difficult time, is so willing to fundraise for CLIC Sargent.

“We are so grateful to Hayley and all the other abseilers on Sunday who between them raised nearly £12,000.

“Sadly we will not be running the event next year but if anyone in Nottingham has any great fundraising ideas we urge them to get in contact with us on 01509 673508.”