I’m the wrong side of 60 but willing to abseil for play parks

CHALLENGE Leah Turner is taking part in an abseil
CHALLENGE Leah Turner is taking part in an abseil
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ON SATURDAY, September 14, at Ward Court on Hayling Island Seafront, members of the Hayling Island community will be abseiling for a very good cause.

We want to raise funds for exciting new play equipment in the Hayling parks.

A few months ago the children of Mengham Junior School asked why there were no fun things to do in Hayling parks.

Their headteacher brought their request to a Hayling Focus Group meeting and an idea was born.

PC Debbie Surridge is well known on the island for her wonderful work in gaining £50,000 in National Lottery funding to provide a climbing wall at Hayling College.

She is organising the abseiling event with help from Hayling College, the police and local councillors.

Debbie looked me in the eye and said ‘you’ll do this for the children, won’t you?’

I found myself agreeing to abseil down the five-storey Ward Court without hesitation.

And this is someone who hates heights, is unfit, and the wrong side of 60.

I am told we are well insured though and will have training before the actual wall walk.

There are now at least four borough councillors doing this.

We are also hoping our famous Daring Doris Long will be leading the way, and showing us how it’s done – at 99!

It is £5 to register for the abseil and we ask for at least £10 in sponsorship.

We hope to have 250 people take part over an 11-hour period.

Anyone over six years old can take part.

If you would like to join us please contact me at leahturner2009@hotmail.co.uk or call (023) 9246 5400.