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York students abseil down Central Hall for charity

Image: The Yorker
Image: The Yorker
Image: The Yorker

Students at the University of York and Sabbatical Officers from its Students’ Union have abseiled down Central Hall to raise money for charity.

Students descended from the building, typically used for graduation ceremonies and examinations, on Wednesday afternoon to raise money for a local group supporting men’s mental wellbeing.

Alex Urquhart, the President of the Students’ Union, and Laura Carruthers, the SU’s Sport President, climbed down the auditorium dressed as Christmas elves.

Students raised money for Grumpy Youngish Men, a University of York-based group that raises money for charity. Grumpy Youngish Men took part in ‘Movember’, also known as ‘No-Shave November’, during which men forgo shaving to raise awareness of men’s mental health problems.

Earlier this year, Grumpy Youngish Men participated in Jailbreak, the YUSU event in which teams of fundraisers attempt to travel as far away from York as possible in a given time.

Mikey Collinson, Student Activities Officer, had this comment:

I’m enormously proud of Laura and Alex for dressing up and battling their fears by abseiling down Central Hall on what was a pretty cold and wet day! It was brilliant event for a brilliant charity; the Movember Foundation, which aims to tackle the some of the biggest health issues faced by men. A massive well done to Laura, Alex, all those who abseiled, and especially Grumpy Youngish Men for organising it. 

Edited 19th December 2017.