Jordan Reilly a lower 6th form pupil at St Davids College Llandudno and one of TVConwy’s young volunteers decided to face his fear of heights recently by abseiling on the Great Orme. Raising money for local charity St David’s Hospice and with the support of Matt Jones of Great Orme Vertical, Jordan inched along a narrow ledge 40mtr ledge along the cliff top where he will abseiled 100mtrs to sea level.
Jordan decided to take on this challenge although he has a fear of certain heights and a fear of falling, but he feels this is a small challenge compared to the challenges cancer patients and their families face everyday
Jordan, like many of you has experienced loss through cancer when a young friend in school year 10 lost his fight with this cruel disease.
Since then Jordan has supported St Davids Hospice attending various charity events and helping to publicise this wonderful service.
During the past 18 months, Jordan’s friend lost his grandmother after a long struggle and Jordan decided to also take part in some of the fun runs for the hospice which help to raise funds and awareness.
Sadly more recently a special friend of the family has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and this latest fund raising effort has a special meaning.
Here’s Jordan’s blog, building up to the day and his feelings when finally faced with the terrifying cliff face.
Sunday 4th May 18
Well its the day before the abseil and I am at last starting to get over this virus which has kept me in bed for the last couple of days
Having kindly passed it on to my mum I am now looking forward to the challenge and will post some pics on the day
Thank you to all who have donated so far please share there is still time for donations
Let’s reach this target together
Saturday 5th May 18
D DAY ABSEIL
Well feeling nervous this getting ready for the abseil off the Great Orme for the St David’s Hospice, but the weather is wonderful blue skies and spectacular views.
Having arrived early to the start point – great time for an ice cream and some chill out time to combat the nerves.
It was great to meet Matt Jones of Great Orme Vertical who guided me through the safety procedures and techniques ready for the abseil.
Well 1.30!! Time to get kitted up!
Something strange going on now in my stomach – nerves or excitement I’m not sure..
It’s not every day I decide to hang off a cliff edge!!
The adrenaline soon starts to take over as I push off the cliff edge and make my decent.
WOW!! Once at the bottom the feeling is exhilarating – then the realisation you now have to get back to the top of the cliff, now that is the hard bit! As I climbed back I began to wonder why I’ve not done this before, so when Matt suggested I do it again I didn’t need any more prompting so – here we go again!!
Fear of certain heights – fear of falling.
One of the best things about this challenge has taught me is no matter what life throws at you we can all overcome them .
One other important thing is my heartfelt thanks to all you wonderful people who have supported me with kind words and encouragement and your amazing donations for St David’s Hospice.
The final figure raised was £439.39 for the hospice! Well done Jordan!
Photos courtesy of Great Orme Ventures and Christine Reilly.
Article by Jordan himself.
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