Matt scales the heights for hospice

25th March 2019

A hospice staff member is set to abseil 141ft down an historic clock tower to raise funds for the charity – despite having a fear of heights.

Matt Jackson, Senior Family Support Practitioner at St Richard’s Hospice, will scale the heights of Abberley Hall clock tower on Saturday, March 30.

The 39-year-old’s wife Tracey is also taking on the challenge and the couple will be cheered on by their two children, family and friends.

“As it is my big 4-0 this year I really wanted to challenge myself and do something right outside my comfort zone,” said Mr Jackson, who lives in Cookley.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I have always had a fear of heights – which has become worse the older I’ve got. I would really like to try and conquer my fear!”

The pair are hoping to raise as much as possible for St Richard’s Hospice – and have already beat their target of £150.

Mr Jackson’s role at the hospice includes overseeing the Family Support Team’s social and therapeutic group work programme, managing the team’s volunteers and community volunteer service.

He said: “I am very privileged to work for St Richard’s and to see the wonderful support and care patients and families receive.

“I see on a daily basis how money raised benefits our patients and families.”

On the day, participants will abseil down the Grade II listed clock tower guided by an expert instructor – taking in beautiful views of the countryside.

To support the couple’s fundraising, visit

To find out more about the Abberley Abseil challenge, or to sign-up, visit

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The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

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