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Burscough student undertakes abseil in memory of late father

Liam Worthington has raised over £700 for Claire's Project charity

Liam Worthington at the top of the National Lift Tower before the abseil

A student has abseiled down a giant tower to raise money for a brain injury charity after he lost his dad in 2012.

Liam Worthington, 20, from Burscough, decided to take up the challenge to raise money for the charity Claire’s Project, after they helped his family come to terms with the loss of his dad John.

John died suddenly aged 40 in November 2012 after suffering a brain aneurysm, leaving his family struggling to cope with their loss.

Liam, his two brothers Jamie, 14, and Ryan, 15, and mum Cath are now working to keep John’s memory alive.

Liam abseiled down the 418ft National Lift tower in Northampton on August 2 and managed to raise over £700.

Liam said: “I really wanted to do something to remember my dad and to raise money for the charity.

“Claire’s Project helps fund the care and reablement of people who have suffered, strokes, haemorrhages and aneurysms and they fund research into how these things are caused, to hopefully find a better way of diagnosing and treating them, as they are really common, being the second biggest killer of people worldwide.

“Dad’s death had a huge impact on the family as it came completely out of the blue and we never got to say goodbye.

“The abseil went really well, it was scary when I was stood at the top waiting to go down but once I got started it was actually alright.

“The weather wasn’t the best, it was raining and windy but I managed to do it in just under 15 minutes.

“My family all came down to help support me which was great. They’re all really proud of me and it was quite emotional once I’d completed the challenge.

“I now plan on doing lots more charity events for Claire’s Project over the coming years – it’s something I feel really strongly about. I’m currently looking into taking part in a skydive, but nothing’s been set in stone yet.”

Liam’s brother Ryan has also been taking part in fundraising activities with Burscough Priory School, where he’s organised pie eating contests amongst other things, raising over £500.

Liam is currently studying equine management at Croxteth Park and has dreams of becoming a riding stable manager.

To donate to the appeal visit: www.justgiving.com/ Liam-Worthington

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