Joyce abseils down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower - again!

Joyce Taylor about to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower
Joyce Taylor about to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower
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  • 86-year-old Joyce Taylor abseils down the Spinnaker Tower
  • She did it to raise money for the Rocky Appeal
  • It was Joyce’s second time down the Portsmouth landmark
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SHE may be a great-great-grandmother, but she’s got the energy and enthusiasm of a 20-year-old.

And Joyce Taylor has put her passion to good use by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower for charity.

My heart was bang, bang, banging

Joyce Taylor

The 86-year-old, of Purbrook, said she was nervous at first, but soon got into the swing.

She said: ‘My heart was bang, bang, banging, but when I stepped out I said to myself “well I’m all right now”.

‘You have got to keep your mental focus when you come down.’

The abseil raised more than £1,000 for the Rocky Appeal, which is paying for the Da Vinci surgical robot at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

It was the second time Joyce had made the descent, having done it in support of the Purbrook-based Rowans Hospice last year.

Appeal fundraising administrator Audrey Clark said: ‘It’s wonderful to have continual support from people like Joyce.

‘Without her the appeal wouldn’t be where it is today.’

The appeal has so far raised just over £1m of the £2.4m needed to pay for the robot.