Hayling Island’s Daring Doris to meet future king

PLUNGE Doris Long at a fundraising abseil last year with Ian Young, honorary chairman of The Rowans Hospice. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121744-5560)
PLUNGE Doris Long at a fundraising abseil last year with Ian Young, honorary chairman of The Rowans Hospice. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121744-5560)
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RECORD-breaking abseiler Doris Long has been invited to meet Prince Charles to be personally thanked for her voluntary work.

Doris, from Hayling Island, is still abseiling to raise money for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook despite reaching the grand old age of 98.

She was shocked to discover she had been secretly nominated for the WRVS Diamond Champions award, which recognises the contribution that people over the age of 60 make through volunteering.

She was one of 10 people to meet Keeping Up Appearances actress Patricia Routledge at the ceremony in London last week.

Mrs Routledge invited her to take tea with the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall at St James’s Palace in November.

‘I’m really looking forward to meeting Prince Charles, I feel honoured,’ said Doris.

Esther Gillespie, WRVS area manager, said: ‘The dedication and energy that Doris puts into raising money for The Rowans Hospice each year is utterly inspiring and selfless.

‘She has raised many thousands for The Rowans Hospice. Each year she does a 200ft abseil down Millgate House, in Portsmouth, to raise money for them.

‘Doris spends months leading up to her abseil going door to door getting sponsorship. In her younger days she ran an animal sanctuary for years, saving and re-homing hundreds of birds and animals and she is known locally to be the person to take the odd injured pigeon or rabbit to.’

The WRVS is an organisation that recruits volunteers to help out older people across the UK. Go to wrvs.org.uk.