A HOPEFUL firefighter will be taking part in a 160-foot abseil of Sheffield Hallam University to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Tom Butler, a 16-year-old fire cadet from Thurnscoe, has already raised £126 for the charity with his upcoming abseil of the university’s Owen Building on March 16.

Yet the teen – who dreams of being a firefighter – isn’t feeling too nervous about the challenge and feels prepared to take on the heights.

“I feel a little bit nervous, but I’m okay,” he told the Chronicle.

“I’ve done abseiling with college before when we went to the Peak District.

“With South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue I’m going up 32 metres for my training, so I’m pretty used to heights.”

This isn’t the first fundraising effort the Dearne Valley College student has taken part in, as his work as a cadet keeps him regularly involved in charitable work.

He added: “I’m just interested in helping out, I do lots of volunteering with cadets.

“I saw a post on Facebook about the abseil and chose to take part.

“It’s a really good charity to support, they do a lot of work helping kids across the country.”