Friend went to extreme heights to raise money

Members of the Friends of Suki Mann group support abseiler Caroline Westmorland at the tower
Members of the Friends of Suki Mann group support abseiler Caroline Westmorland at the tower
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Raising money for a close friend took Caroline Westmorland to the top of the Spinnaker Tower.

The mother, from Gosport, raised £850 after abseiling 170m down the iconic Portsmouth tower.

Caroline was raising money for her friend Suki Mann who requires corrective surgery, only available in USA, after a simple operation to fit a pelvic implant went wrong.

The operation left her unable to move her left leg and in constant and extreme pain.

As a result the ‘Friends of Suki Mann’ group was set up for mums to rally around to help raise funds for this surgery to take place.

Caroline says: ‘The whole experience was incredible.

‘The initial stepping out was really scary, but once I got past that I could look at the view and really enjoy it.

‘There were a number of reasons for doing the abseil. I have seen loads of people do it and as I am turning 40 next month I wanted to do something crazy to mark that.

‘It was a wonderful way to do it.’

Caroline adds: ‘I was really surprised with how much money we raised.

‘I have done sponsorship runs before, but only expected to raise about £200.

‘It was amazing.’

Suki, also from Gosport, was also stunned by the amount of donations they received.

‘The whole fundraising team were stunned and humbled by four separate ladies coming up and donating as we were walking to the ferry,’ she says.

‘So many people reached for their purses without prompting and gave to the cause, some stopping to ask questions, some taking the leaflet and walking on, while others stopped to empathise.’

Caroline’s abseil was the seventh fundraising event in four months for Suki bringing the total raised to mare than £10,000, a third of what is needed.

To make a donation to Suki’s surgery visit gofundme.com/Injured-by-mesh.