Fred Dinenage conquers fear of heights for charity abseil

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FRED Dinenage and record-breaking pensioner Doris Long have completed a charity abseil down one of Portsmouth’s tallest buildings.

Fred and Doris joined 58 other people from all walks of life to abseil down Millgate House, Portsea, to raise thousands of pounds for The Rowans Hospice.

Fred, who lives in Hambledon, said: ‘It was quite terrifying on the way down.

‘Doris was encouraging me all the time.

‘I was hearing people in various rooms saying “Come on Fred, you are half way there!” I thought “only half way?!”

‘The moment you step backwards, that’s the worst bit.

‘The trick is to not look down!’

On reaching the ground, Doris became the oldest person to abseil – breaking the record she had set three times before, including last year when she was joined by DJ Chris Evans.

‘I found it wonderful,’ said Doris, from Hayling Island.

‘It was exhilarating and extra exciting with Fred to keep me company.’