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Fancy abseiling down Ashton's Village Hotel?

ENJOY THE VIEW: The last abseil from the top of IKEA in Ashton. Next stop, the Village Hotel.

The first couple of months in the year are always a good time to take stock and to look ahead, with the start of 2022 having a more positive and upbeat feel than recent years.

One to tick off the bucket list for many people is an abseil – and Willow Wood Hospice is offering to help with that!

Taking place this year on Saturday 23 April, participants will be abseiling down the four-storey high Village Hotel in Ashton.

This iconic building dominates the landscape – but it really will be a challenge to take that first step over the edge.

You can sign up online for the challenge yourself at www.willowwood.info.

But the hospice also has a number of other fundraisers you can get involved in including climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales standing at 1,085 metres high (or 3,560 feet).

Designated as a national nature reserve for the rare flora and fauna which can be found there, the hospice will be taking the Llanberis Path which is generally considered to be the easiest to follow.

However, it’s 14.5km there and back, so will take around six hours to complete.

If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, sign up to walk with Willow Wood and you can be helping others at the same time by raising sponsorship which will go to support patients and their families.

If you’re looking for motivation to help you stick to your ‘must get fitter this year’ resolution, you can also be part of the 100k in 100 day challenge?

This can be achieved any way you want – you can jog, cycle, use a rowing machine or just walk the dog! It’s such an easy challenge to fit into your lifestyle, whether you prefer to do a 10k hike every weekend, or walk just 1k every day.

There’s no charge to join, but Willow Wood is asking participants to raise as much sponsorship as you can.

For more information or to join any of the fundraisers visit www.willowwood.info – and if your bucket list includes a skydive watch this space. There’ll be information coming on that soon too.

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