All the pictures from our Guildhall abseil in aid of the Rapid Scan Appeal with Cancer Research UK

PUBLISHED: 13:40 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 28 March 2018

Ben Lemmon about to abseil down the Guildhall in Cambridge

Ben Lemmon about to abseil down the Guildhall in Cambridge

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We’re raising £100,000 for clinical studies of pioneering scanning technology at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge

Cambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley begins his abseil in aid of the Rapid Scan Appeal. Picture: Keith HeppellCambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley begins his abseil in aid of the Rapid Scan Appeal. Picture: Keith Heppell

A son braved the wind and freezing temperatures to abseil down the side of the Guildhall in Cambridge for our Rapid Scan Appeal with Cancer Research UK as his mum Julia battles the disease.

Hinchingbrooke School pupil Ben Lemmon, 13, was among dozens who tackled the challenge earlier this month.

The Cambridge Independent is raising £100,000 to fund a clinical study at Addenbrooke’s of pioneering new scanning technology that will help cancer patients learn in a day or two, rather than weeks or months, whether their treatment is working. If it is not, the early results would mean doctors could potentially try a different therapy.

Ben, of Spaldwick, was joined by friends, and Buckden Football Club Under-13s teammates Ollie Hurst, Callum Redwood, Kieran Deans, Ethan Rice and Campbell Fraser for the abseil on Saturday.

Culture Editor Gemma Gardner on the edge of the Guildhall. Picture: Keith HeppellCulture Editor Gemma Gardner on the edge of the Guildhall. Picture: Keith Heppell

“I wanted to raise for the cause because it’s important to me. It’s a really good thing to raise money for, so people don’t have to go through what I’m going through,” said Ben.

Of his friends, he added: “It’s really good that they’ve been getting behind me.”

Between them, the boys have raised a fantastic £4,500 through donations from friends, family and events including a coffee morning.

Cambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley and culture editor Gemma Gardner tackled the abseil after the boys.

Paul said: “It was inspiring to hear Ben and his friends talking about why they were taking part. It was a very clear reminder of why we’re working on the Rapid Scan Appeal with Cancer Research UK.

“They’ve raised a fantastic sum and there’s still time to show your support.

“The abseil was great fun. It was a little windy and very cold up there, and balancing on the ledge of the Guildhall, before lifting yourself off into the air, was certainly a unique experience. I’d like to thank everyone who helped organise the event, all those who took part and those who have helped us raise money for this worthy cause.”

Taking part on Sunday was a team from The Perse School in Cambridge, who raised a massive £4,728 for the cause.

“It was a great achievement by everyone,” said a spokeswoman for the school.

While Tom Waterhouse, operations manager for Stagecoach East, and Campbell Ross-Bain, Park & Ride manager for Cambridgeshire County Council – who donned a kilt for the occasion – raised £1,406.87 for the campaign.

Stagecoach East and Cambridge Park & Ride – which have jointly committed to raising £5,000 over the 12-month period – ran a series of Park & Ride breakfasts before Christmas, which raised nearly £1,400.

There was also a team from Huntingdon-based Education Personnel Management taking part – Alex Hawkins, Rebecca Jackson, Hannah Hill, Mary Cheesbrough, Elaine Hammond, Paola Sabitini, Abigail Whitehead.

Abigail said: “I took part in the event because every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer, and a number of our colleagues at EPM have been touched by a cancer diagnosis in one way or another.

“By fundraising for a charity like Cancer Research UK, I hope that one day we will be able to lower this statistic.

“While the experience was super scary, the encouragement from our supporters meant that by the time I had reached the bottom – I wished I could have done it all over again!”

To donate to Ben’s fundraising, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-lemmon.

To donate to the Cancer Research and Cambridge Independent Rapid Scan Appeal, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/cambridgeresearchproject.

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