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A NEW venue is hoped to draw in more people to take part in a charity abseil.

Registration is now open for The Rowans Hospice annual abseil challenge and with a change of venue, organisers are hoping for a big take-up from younger people.

This year it is being held at the University of Portsmouth’s 11-storey Mercantile House. Each year the abseil raises vital funds for hospice services, and one regular who will be taking part this year is ‘daredevil’ Doris Long.

The 99-year-old, from Hayling Island, hopes to break her own world record, and come down the building for the 13th time.

Ali Corbett, events fundraiser, said: ‘Doris is a huge inspiration for anyone looking to take on a challenge.

‘It would be fantastic for Doris to do it again and I’d encourage everyone to come and have a go themselves.’

The abseil takes place on Saturday, May 18, and is open to all ages – full training is given on the day.

Registration costs £15, call (023) 9223 8531, or go to