Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt joins abseil down Spinnaker Tower to raise funds for the National Museum of the Royal Navy

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SHE’S terrified of heights – but that hasn’t stopped Penny Mordaunt abseiling down a city landmark for a worthy cause.

The Portsmouth North MP joined two daredevil fundraisers as they went down the side of the Spinnaker Tower to raise cash for the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt begins her abseil.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-3) PPP-140418-164900003

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt begins her abseil.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-3) PPP-140418-164900003

Ms Mordaunt told The News after her feet touched the ground: ‘That was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

‘It’s a long, long way up and I was very pleased to do it on this glorious day for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. It does an absolutely fantastic job.

‘They are dedicated to showcasing and archiving the men and women of the Royal Navy and the ships they served in.

‘The museum is a tremendously important resource in showcasing our city and showing what the Royal Navy does. It’s a great cause.’

18/04/14  MO''A three man team from Portsmouth have abseiled down The Spinnaker Tower to help to raise money for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock enjoys the drop.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-2) PPP-140418-164848003

18/04/14 MO''A three man team from Portsmouth have abseiled down The Spinnaker Tower to help to raise money for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock enjoys the drop.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-2) PPP-140418-164848003

Joining Ms Mordaunt yesterday was retired Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock and John Dews, a supporter of the museum.

Mr Dews took the place of Vice Admiral David Steel CBE, Second Sea Lord, who had to pull out because of other arrangements.

Nearly £5,000 has been raised so far and that will go towards developing the museum’s new Hear My Story exhibition, which opened on April 3.

As reported in The News, it relates previously untold stories from ordinary men, women, and ships that shaped the navy’s history over the last 100 years.

18/04/14  MO''A three man team from Portsmouth have abseiled down The Spinnaker Tower to help to raise money for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Supporter John Dews hangs on.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-1) PPP-140418-164836003

18/04/14 MO''A three man team from Portsmouth have abseiled down The Spinnaker Tower to help to raise money for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Supporter John Dews hangs on.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141131-1) PPP-140418-164836003

Sir Anthony said he was proud to have made a difference for the museum.

‘It was pretty exciting,’ he said.

‘The anticipation is probably the worst bit while you queue up.

‘Then when you are out there in your harness doing it, it’s great fun. You can look around and enjoy yourself.

‘You need a bit of a head for heights and if you don’t then you need a lot of courage.’

This year, the museum, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard hopes to raise £20,000 through various fundraising initiatives.

Mr Dews, who came from Stratford-upon-Avon for the occasion, said: ‘It’s been a real honour to do this.

‘It was fantastic – everybody should do it.

‘It’s been great to do it for the museum.’

People have been able to donate by visiting justgiving.com/teams/ab-sailthespinnaker