A team of 5 brave volunteers are rising above their fear of heights to be airlifted 140ft into the air for Cancer Fund for Children.

The plucky volunteers, all from Henderson Group, will take part in the Cherry Picker Challenge at the City Hall on August 1 to raise money for the leading local children’s cancer charity.

Henderson Wholesale Ltd along with their stores, EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA, have been supporting Cancer Fund for Children since May 2011 and have raised over £320k.

Martin Agnew, Joint Managing Director of the Henderson Group, who will be participating in the fundraiser said, “I’m delighted to be taking on the Cherry Picker Challenge to raise funds for such a worthwhile local charity.  Corporate Social Responsibility is high on our agenda, so what better way to show this than taking on a personal challenge to raise vital funds for local children and families affected by cancer.”

Cancer Fund for Children corporate fundraiser, Sorcha Chipperfield, said: “The money raised through the partnership with Henderson Wholesale has helped us provide practical, emotional and financial support for local families affected by cancer. We are delighted that they are aiming to raise a further £5000 through the Cherry Picker Challenge by asking their friends and family to sponsor them so they can be brought back down to the ground. It promises to be a really fun event and I look forward to seeing the participants complete the challenge and get safely back to ground level!”

The event has gained even more support from local radio presenter, Citybeat’s Stephen Clements, who is also taking on the challenge and will endure one scary half hour at the top of the cherry picker to raise extra funds. Stephen reckons his listeners would rather scare the wits out of him so they will have to text to donate to keep him up there.

He said:  “I’m giving listeners the opportunity to bring me down a peg by putting me through a nail-biting half hour at the top of the cherry picker – over 100ft in the air. They’ll need to text to donate to keep me up there.  Otherwise it’ll be an easy ride for me!”

To donate to the team or Stephen Clements, please text ‘PICK14 £3’ to 70070.  Your £3 donation will help to support children, teenagers and young people living with cancer in Northern Ireland.  All terms and conditions on www.justgiving.com/justtextgiving

To find out more about the partnership, or how you can support Cancer Fund for Children, please visit www.cancerfundforchildren.com or call 028 9080 5599.