Abseil will help sick children

From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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INTREPID souls are being asked to abseil off the top of Portsmouth’s Mercantile House to help seriously ill children.

The Over The Wall children’s charity, based in Havant, will be hosting the abseil on October 8 and 9 to raise funds to run summer activity camps for the youngsters.

The first to brave the 130ft drop will be 16-year-old Ralphi Rance, from Portsmouth.

He was born with a number of defects in his windpipe and oesophagus, as well as conditions affecting his lungs, liver, heart and spleen.

He has benefited from the summer camps, which aim to rebuild confidence and self-esteem.

Ralphi said: ‘My illness has taken over my life for the past 16 years. I used to think that I was the only one with medical conditions and that it was everyone else’s fault that I was so sick. Now I know that there is no one to blame.’

To join Ralphi, contact Nikki on 023 9247 7110 or email nikki@otw.org.uk.