Inspired Joyce, 84, abseils down the Spinnaker Tower

Joyce Taylor during her abseil. PPP-140518-183929001
Joyce Taylor during her abseil. PPP-140518-183929001

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A GREAT grandmother decided to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower after being inspired by centenarian Doris Long.

Joyce Taylor, 84, read about Daring Doris, who started abseiling at the age of 85 and yesterday celebrated her 100th birthday with a descent of the Spinnaker Tower.

So she decided that she wanted to follow in her footsteps and raise money for the Rowan’s Hospice, where she used to work.

And yesterday, she took too on the challenge at the Spinnkaer.

Joyce, who lives in Crofton Close in Purbrook, turns 85 next month.

She said: ‘I read about Doris and she’s 100.

‘So I thought “I’m going to carry on”.

‘She’s really inspired me.

‘I worked at the Rowan’s until my husband died.

‘I think the Rowan’s Hospice is brilliant.

‘I know how hard they work and what they give.’

Joyce wanted to support the charity as her husband Ern died there.

Her two sisters Rene Bond and Leila Chase also died at the hospice.

Joyce has raised around £700 by taking part in the abseil with more money to come.

After the abseil, she told The News: ‘I am shaking all over. I couldn’t do it again.

‘It was very, very, very scary.

‘It was more scary towards the bottom. I think that Doris deserves 10 medals.

‘It was really scary but I have done it and my family was here to support me.

‘One little boy has just given me his £5 pocket money to donate to the hospice.’