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Derby Ambulance Technician takes on Abseil for Rainbows

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Ambulance Technician Mark Jones is taking on the Derby Cathedral Abseil to raise money for us in memory of his son.

Mark (46), of Mickleover, will take part in the event on Saturday 2 October to raise money for our charity. 

We are the only charity to care for babies, children and young people from Derbyshire with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.   

Mark, who will wear his uniform for the challenge, will join over 70 other participants in climbing 189 steep stairs before abseiling 212ft from the top of Derby’s highest building.

He said: “I have worked for East Midlands Ambulance Service for 12 years and it is the best job in the world. I know what it is like to make a difference to people’s lives, which is why the work of Rainbows is so important.”

In 2017, Mark and his partner, Megan Williams, lost their son, Charlie, before birth. In April 2019, they had Leo, who they say is their Rainbow Baby. Mark also has sons Isaac (18), Louie (14) and 12-year-old Alfie.

“Losing Charlie was so hard for everyone,” said Mark. “I believe it will give me a bit of closure; I still struggle every day. I saw this event and thought what a way to raise money for such a great charity. 

“I am a bit apprehensive as I haven’t done anything like this before, so it is a bit daunting. But I am looking forward to it so much. The Cathedral is such an iconic building in Derby; it will be such an amazing experience to be able to go to the top.”

Claire Hoggan, Rainbows Events Fundraiser, added: “It is lovely to have Mark on board with this wonderful challenge and I hope his story encourages others to either sign up too, or to support him in his fundraising.”

To sponsor Mark, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Jones0802