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Abseil to raise funds for helipad

Alex at a British Heart Foundation eventEntrepreneur Alex Heron and his fiancee Kim Hampton are going to abseil Lincoln Cathedral to help fund a helicopter landing pad at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

The couple will be among the first ever to make the 98ft descent.

Alex, 28, who was very ill as a child and spent a lot of time at QMC, said: "Anything I can do to give something back to the QMC, I will do as they saved my life many a-time."

Founder of Beeston-based Heron Standardise, which supports firms in document and record management systems and ISO implementations, Alex said he wanted to help raise money for the helipad as any emergency brought to the hospital by air at the moment has to land near Beeston and transfer by ambulance "through tramworks, university traffic and heavily congested roads" to get to QMC.

"Things can go wrong very suddenly when you do sports like this and in the event of an accident, minutes can make the difference between life and death. Having a helipad at the QMC will save valuable time."

Alex and Kim will making the drop in the afternoon of Saturday 8 August. They can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Kim-and-Alex.