Clinton hits new heights at the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for Tom Prince Cancer Trust

The 58-year-old was last seen in the Tipner area of Portsmouth on the morning of Monday, January 15.

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HE’S done plenty of fundraising down the years – but Clinton Prince scaled new heights in memory of his son.

Clinton was among 45 people who took part in a charity abseil down the Spinnaker Tower on Saturday to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Clinton Prince at the top of The Spinnaker Tower.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142265-433)

Clinton Prince at the top of The Spinnaker Tower.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (142265-433)

Clinton’s son Tom died aged 16 in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.

Ever since, Clinton and wife Adele have worked tirelessly to raise funds for cancer research, including the annual fundraiser Blue Day, backed by The News.

Despite a fear of heights, Clinton took the 100m plunge at the weekend, which helped raise at least £9,000 for the charity.

Clinton, 55, said: ‘I had great support from my family and friends and a lot of them have done it with us.

‘It’s not until you’re queuing up that your nerves start kicking in and you can see this spectacular view of the Solent that you start thinking “it is a long way up”.

‘It was absolutely breathtaking. It was a fantastic experience. I would recommend anyone to do it.’

Adele added: ‘I was surprised he wanted to do it because he’s afraid of heights. But he just got on and did it. I am very proud.

‘It’s been a fantastic day and we’ve had all the places filled. It’s brilliant.’

Clinton added he was thrilled that the Spinnaker Tower offered to host the event. ‘It’s the most iconic building in Portsmouth and for them to come to us and give us this offer is fantastic.

‘Apart from Blue Day I think it’s the biggest event this year.

‘So a big thank-you to all the staff who have gifted us this wonderful present.’

Jenny Merrison is the duty manager at the Spinnaker Tower. She said: ‘The Tom Prince Cancer Trust is our local charity that we are sponsoring for a year. I like the fact that the whole family are all involved.

‘It’s a celebration.’

Keith Wilson-Hamilton, 50, travelled from Dover to take part in the sponsored abseil alongside Jill Hollingshead, 53.

He said: ‘We got the chance and we thought we could do it together.

‘It was brilliant. I wasn’t nervous.’

Jill added: ‘I was quite excited. I couldn’t wait to get moving.

‘I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for charity, but the opportunity arose.’

The couple raised around £500 between them.

It’s thought that at least £9,000 will be raised from the Blue Day abseils in total.

Thank you for supporting this year’s Blue Day!

TOM Prince’s parents have thanked everyone across the city and beyond who supported Blue Day this year.

The annual fundraiser, which took place on Friday, May 2, raised more than £16,000 for the charity. And the family are growing ever closer to their target of raising £1m for research into bone cancer osteosarcoma, as the total figure is almost £900,000.

Adele Prince said: ‘We are really pleased with the support from people who took part in Blue Day. We would like to say a big thank-you to all those who took part.

‘It means a great deal to us.’