Restored chimney is venue for abseil

A local developer and a charity daredevil teamed up to get the drop on Alzheimers!

Last weekend, dedicated fundraiser Holly Peacock, 21, made Pecket Well Mill, above Hebden Bridge the venue for the latest in her series of daring benefit escapades.

In a campaign that has sent her hurtling out of planes, trekking along the Great Wall of China and careering down precarious zipwires, Holly has raised several thousand pounds for the Alzheimer's Society - Britain's largest Alzheimer's charity - which benefits sufferers both in Calderdale and nationwide.

The gritstone edifice of Pecket Well Mill, currently undergoing conversion into houses and apartments, provided her latest fundraising opportunity. Her task: to abseil down the mill chimney that dominates the village’s surroundings.

Despite the fresh autumnal winds, and avoiding the distraction of the incredible views offered atop the 100ft structure, Holly completed her latest stunt safely.

This allowed her to collect the several hundred pounds of sponsorship promised by both private donors and Mango Homes, who offered to let her use Pecket Well mill for the fund raising..

Afterwards Holly said: “Having lost my aunt and grandmother to Alzheimer's in the past two years, I really wanted to do something to try and prevent other families experiencing the same tragedy. The support that the society gives to families, and the medical research they do is vital - thousands of people in this country simply could not do without them.

“The height of the mill really frightened me, but everyone here was so supportive - it's one of the most exhilarating things I've done!"

Mr Phil Bradby of Mango Homes said: "We were very pleased to be able to aid Holly in her fundraising efforts and it was very nice the mill chimney which we have recently restored being put to such a productive use."

If you don’t quite have Holly’s bravery but would like to see an interactive 360 degree view from the top of Pecket Well Mill’s impressive chimney, please go to www.mangohomes.co.uk

To find out how to donate money to Holly's campaign go to www.sponsorholly.co.uk and for information on Pecket Well Mill go to www.mangohomes.co.uk