Abseil and raise cash for spinal charity

Geoff Holt, aged 42 setting sail on the 2,700 mile voyage from Lanzarote in the Canary Island

Geoff Holt, aged 42 setting sail on the 2,700 mile voyage from Lanzarote in the Canary Island

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SAILING legend Geoff Holt is urging people to take part in an abseil to raise money for a spinal injury charity he is patron to.

Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT) is giving people the chance to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower, in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

And those taking part will also get the opportunity to have a free ride on Mr Holt’s specially-adapted powerboat Wetwheels, which has been adapted to carry wheelchairs.

Mr Holt, from Shedfield near Fareham, became the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic in January 2010.

He said: ‘It’s great to be able to support SSIT in its fundraising work.

‘The powerboat is berthed at Gunwharf Quays so this was the perfect opportunity to link up.’

The abseil takes place on April 22.

Registration costs £50 per person with a minimum sponsorship of £250.

Money raised goes to the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury. To find out more visit ssit.org.uk.

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