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Cygnet Law duo take a giant leap to raise funds for mental health charity

Cygnet Law employees have taken the plunge by abseiling from the iconic Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough to raise £500 for Redcar and Cleveland Mind.

Amy Drinkhall and Nancy McHugh, who are employees at the Redcar-based solicitors firm, braved the near freezing temperatures and the end of Storm Deirdre, and made the 165ft descent down the bridge, which is the tallest structures to abseil from in the North East.

The challenge forms part of the firm’s ongoing fundraising support for UK mental health charity Mind, which included a charity dog walk, and raising more than £7,000 with its Free Will Month in 2017, where staff produced wills for clients in return for donations to the charity.

Cygnet Law has supported many local charities through fundraising events, including EVA Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis, Saltburn Animal Rescue Association, and The Junction Foundation.

Amy Drinkhall said: “It was tough braving the cold to abseil down from the Transporter Bridge, but luckily the worst of Storm Deirdre had passed over by the time we got up there, which was a huge relief. Nancy and I had to wrap up warm before the big leap, but we both felt amazing after we’d done it.

“Most people are affected by mental health issues at some time in their lives, whether it is themselves or someone they know, and this can be particularly tough at Christmas. We’re thrilled to have raised such a significant amount of money for such a worthy cause.”

Peter Medd, Managing Director and Solicitor at Cygnet Law, said: “The whole team is incredibly proud of Amy and Nancy for undertaking such a challenging task to raise money for a brilliant charity. Thank you to everyone who donated, and we look forward to our next fundraising events next year.”

Cygnet Law’s donation page for the abseil is still available here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/abseilamynancy