You know I’m always up for a challenge, which is probably why the lovely people at The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook contacted me about taking part in a charity fundraising event.
It’s next Saturday (May 18) and I’ve been asked to abseil down the 11-storey Mercantile House, which is opposite Portsmouth Students’ Union.
Naturally, I said yes! On top of that, I’ll be doing the abseil with star of TV’s How Clean Is Your House/I’m A Celebrity Kim Woodburn, who is a local girl.
She grew up in Paulsgrove and I’ve interviewed her before when she was performing at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
Kim’s a real gem and I can’t wait to have another chin wag with her. But the real star of the day who I’m really looking forward to meeting is ‘Daring’ Doris Long.
The title befits her as on the day she abseils she’ll be celebrating her 99th birthday!
At that age she’ll be hanging from a tall building – what a woman!
This will make her the oldest woman in the world to abseil and I take my hat off to her. What an inspiration she is.
Also joining us is Luke Crocker, who works for Portsmouth student accommodation provider Unilife.
It has two student properties, one in St James’s Street and one in Earlsdon Street, and Luke is the manager whose job generally involves looking after the students.
What a cracking opportunity for the students to come and watch Luke crawl down a building.
I’ve set up a Just Giving fundraising page (www.justgiving.com/CHERYL-
GIBBS) and really hope you can support me.
As so many of you already know, The Rowans is an incredible place and one that does the most amazing work for those who have life-limiting illnesses.
I’d like to thank in advance anyone who does make a donation for our charity abseil.
If you fancy a bit of a chuckle, why not come down at 12.30pm on the day and watch me get down the building along with Kim, Doris and Luke?
You just know I won’t come down easily. I’ll be petrified up there!