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.
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.’
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.
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