Suspenders drop in for good cause

Brackley Suspenders
Brackley Suspenders

A fundraising group has raised £3,500 for Oxford Children’s Hospital and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury with a charity abseil down Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

Twenty members of Brackley Suspenders took part in the challenge last month, primarily as a way of saying thank you for the care received by the baby daughter of two members of the abseiling team.

Rachel and Keeli Pennock

Rachel and Keeli Pennock

Keeli Pennock, the daughter of Rachel and Lee Pennock of Brackley, was admitted to the Horton General at five weeks old suffering from bronchiolitis.

She was transferred to the intensive care unit of the children’s hospital, part of the John Radcliffe, where she was on full life support for a week.

Mrs Pennock said: “We all had personal reasons to say thank you to these departments and this was our way of saying thank you for the treatment received and also the support given to the family at a difficult time”.

The Brackley Suspenders smashed their original fundraising target of £2,000 and still have money coming in after completing the 100ft drop off the side of the hospital.

Mrs Pennock said: “We would like to thank Jay Dunk at Slam Dunk IT Ltd for supplying T-shirts, Josh at Scallwags for printing our group name on the T-shirts and everyone at Chequered Flag, Brackley Tesco and Brackley Gossip Girls for all the support.

“And we’d also like to thank everyone who supported us on the day and sponsored us.”

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