Iain’s abseil proves he lives life to the full

12/8/2011 (PM)''The Spinnaker Tower have been hosting a week of abseils down the tower for the public to watch. Iain Speed (40) has cerebral palsy and on Friday 12th August 2011 abseiled down the tower to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and raised money for the charity Parity. ''Pictured is: (front) Iain Speed (40) with friend and trainer Richard Lucas (27) just about to set off on their abseil.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112878-8188)
12/8/2011 (PM)''The Spinnaker Tower have been hosting a week of abseils down the tower for the public to watch. Iain Speed (40) has cerebral palsy and on Friday 12th August 2011 abseiled down the tower to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and raised money for the charity Parity. ''Pictured is: (front) Iain Speed (40) with friend and trainer Richard Lucas (27) just about to set off on their abseil.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112878-8188)
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A CROWD of onlookers cheered and applauded as cerebral palsy sufferer Iain abseiled down Spinnaker Tower.

Daredevil Iain Speed is determined to prove his disability does not hold him back from living his life.

So far the 40-year-old has taken part in rock climbing, power lifting and has flown a plane.

Now he can add another string to his bow – abseiling 300ft down Portsmouth’s iconic tower in Gunwharf Quays.

Iain, who runs a company called All Inclusive, said: ‘I was nervous to start with, but once I started going down the tower it was good.

‘It was a brilliant experience and I got to see some great views of Portsmouth.’

Iain was joined by close friend 27-year-old Rich Lucas.

‘Iain is an amazing man and makes sure cerebral palsy doesn’t get in his way,’ said Rich.

‘His motto is live the life and not the label.’

Iain was sponsored for his latest challenge.

Money donated will be given to Parity, a cause that helps people with multiple disabilities.

As the pair reached the bottom of the tower a huge crowd that had gathered burst into applause.

Among them was Iain’s aunt, Anne Elliott.

The 60-year-old said: ‘Iain was very brave doing the abseil, and I’m so proud of him.

‘He does everything – his disability isn’t a problem to him,

‘He puts his heart and soul into everything he does.

‘It was great to see such a big crowd gather and cheer him on.’

Iain, of Alton, now plans to climb Mount Snowdon, in Wales.

Iain is among scores of people who have been abseiling down the tower all week.

It is the first time the activity has been available to members of the public, which has proved popular.

People have paid £75 to

have a go.