Spinnaker charity abseil is a big success

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THOUSANDS of pounds were raised by a charity abseil from the Spinnaker Tower.

David Bland, 80, of Chichester, organised for himself and 10 others to abseil 328ft down the tower, raising £1,200 for Blesma, the limbless veterans’ military charity.

David became a member of Blesma after losing his right eye in a training accident while serving with the Wiltshire Regiment in 1954.

After leaving the military, he went into farming and now helps his children who have taken over the business.

David said: ‘My motivation to raise money for Blesma is to try to ensure those who have suffered far more serious injuries than I will be able to continue to receive their full support. I feel safe under the Blesma umbrella as you never know what life has in store.

‘Now I am trying to think up new ways of raising money for this fantastic cause.’

Blesma is looking for people to take part in the Spinnaker Tower abseil challenge in May 2016 and anyone interested should email communityevents@blesma.org or call 0208 590 1124.