September 30th, 2016

South Bromsgrove High School pupils abseiled down Second City building for DofE charity

Updated: 12:57 am, May 19, 2016

A GROUP of South Bromsgrove High School’s bravest pupils have abseiled 30metres down the side of Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex, writes Eve Watson.

The money raised by the 15 students was donated to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity.

Alex Field, a Year 11 pupil, said: “When I first saw how high the building was, I was quite nervous.

“Getting over the edge was the really scary bit, but then it was brilliant fun and I am really pleased that I did it.”

The students involved are all participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a scheme for young people which encourages physical, mental and skill-based challenges and expeditions.

South Bromsgrove High School has over 500 participants involved in the programme every year, making it the largest DofE centre in the UK.

Izzy Snape, a year 11 Silver DofE participant, described HRH as being ‘really friendly’ and said the royal was interested to hear about what they were all doing for their DofE Awards.

“It was a really great day,” she added.