Published: Wednesday, 5 April 2023
The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Councilor Leo Fletcher has teamed up with Berkeley to host a charity abeil on Thursday 27 April.
The challenge will raise much needed funds for his charity appeal, which supports his chosen charities: Greenwich & Bexley Hospice and Lymphoma Action.
Around 100 councillors, council officers, residents and Berkeley staff will march to Lauder House, a 17-storey residential building in Pegler Square in Kidbrooke Village.
The event marks the end of Cllr Fletcher’s tenure as mayor of the town, which has so far seen him raise £22,500 for his appeal charity.
CLR Fletcher said: “I am thrilled to end my term as Mayor of Royal Greenwich by hosting such an exciting fundraising event.
“Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice provides vital support to local people living with a terminal illness, as well as their families and carers. They only receive a third of their funding from the NHS, so it is thanks to the generosity of the local community that they are capable of rendering their services.
“Lymphoma Action is the only UK charity dedicated entirely to lymphoma. As someone who has received treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma myself, this is very close to my heart and I know the difference their work is making. Does matter.
“I thank everyone who is taking on this challenge, as well as Berkeley Homes who made it possible. It is sure to be a wonderful day, raising much needed funds for some wonderful causes.
Karl Whiteman, Divisional Managing Director of Berkeley East Thames, said: “We are proud to sponsor this event, which will hopefully raise significant funds for the mayor’s chosen charity.
“We want to wish everyone taking part the best of luck and if they’re after some advice, I’d say don’t look down when you’re on the edge of a building!”
All Council staff taking part will do so outside their working hours or are using their annual leave to do so.
If you would like to support the Mayor’s charitable appeal, you can donate on www.justgiving.com/mrgaf
About Lymphoma Action
Lymphoma Action is the only UK charity dedicated to lymphoma, the fifth most common cancer. They have been providing trusted information and support for over 35 years, helping thousands of people affected by lymphoma.
Their mission is to ensure that no one has to face lymphoma alone.
If you need assistance, you can call their free helpline 0808 808 5555.
About Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support for people with terminal illnesses, their families and their professional carers in the London Borough of Royal Greenwich and Bexley.
They care for over 2,500 people in the community each year; In their homes, care homes, our hospice beds, hospice-based clinics, local prisons and hospital.
They receive only a third of our funding from the NHS, which means they rely on the generosity of the community to provide care for local people.