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Coventry business leader to face 47 metre Friargate drop for charity

Felix Nobes 27th Jun, 2018

A COVENTRY business leader will be braving an abseil down an 11-storey city centre building to raise cash for vulnerable youngsters.

Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) director, Trish Willetts, has signed up to take part in ‘JD’s Drop’ all in aid of Free Radio’s Cash for Kids charity.

She will be taking on the 47 metre drop from the One Friargate building on Friday with a team of fundraisers.

She will be accompanied by radio host JD himself and Coventry City Council’s chief executive, Martin Reeves.

In May, JD missed Free Radio’s massive Superhero Day, so Roisin and Producer Paul thought it was only right that he completed a forfeit as punishment and came up with the idea of an abseil.

He then called upon Trish to see if she would help with the stunt and also take part – and she said yes.

The BID director set herself a fundraising target of £500 and has already smashed that, by reaching more than £1,200.

She said: “I’m not sure what possessed me to agree to it.

“But I’ve promised to do it now and people are generously giving their money, so there’s no turning back.

“I just keep seeing Friargate since I signed up for it and thinking how high it is, I think I’m going to have to just go with the age-old saying of ‘don’t look down’.

“Cash For Kids is an absolutely fantastic cause and it is wonderful to see that all of the money raised goes to children in Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

“So now it’s just a case of getting it done. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and if anyone would like to make a donation, then a donation page has been set up by Free Radio.”

All the money raised will be used to support disadvantaged children in Coventry and Warwickshire and across the West Midlands. This includes those who are living in poverty, are subject to neglect or abuse or who are living with a disability of serious illness.

To sponsor visit: www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/jdsabseil/fundraisers/coventry-bid/.

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