Biggest drop yet for awe-inspiring Daring Doris, 99

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DARING Doris Long lived up to her nickname today as hundreds watched the 99-year-old abseil down the Spinnaker Tower – her tallest challenge yet.

The great-grandmother from Hayling Island made short work of the 100m (328ft) drop – with crowds cheering her on as she reached the ground.

IMPRESSIVE 99-year-old Daring Doris Long abseils down the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays.

IMPRESSIVE 99-year-old Daring Doris Long abseils down the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays.

Speaking to The News with her feet firmly back on the ground in Gunwharf Quays, Doris said: ‘It was quite exhilarating.

‘It was absolutely enjoyable, I loved every minute of it.

‘I’m having quite an exciting old age.’

Doris holds the world record for being the oldest person to abseil – and she hopes to do another one in May when she hits 100.

She added: ‘I’m hoping to another abseil for the 100th, and do it with Fred Dinenage.

‘He’s promised me to do that because when he did it two years ago he was very nervous.’

Doris was fundraising for the Rowans Hospice and today’s abseil was her 15th for the hospice.

She was joined by the hospice’s corporate partners, who also took the plunge.

Ruth White is the chief executive of the hospice, based at Purbrook, and was at Gunwharf Quays supporting Doris with her descent.

Ruth said: ‘She’s like our mascot is Doris, she’s been abseiling with us for well over five years now.

‘She’s got the Guinness World Record and of course each year that record is renewed.

‘I can’t believe anyone is going to top that for many years.

‘We’re just overwhelmed that she’s chosen us, she’s a national if not international celebrity for doing this.

‘There are so many different charities that Doris could choose, however she stays with her local hospice, and I just think that’s wonderful.’

As reported, Doris abseiled from University of Portsmouth’s Mercantile House on Hampshire Terrace on her 99th birthday in May.

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