This is your chance to abseil the Spinnaker Tower

CHALLENGE Lorraine Blackburn is fundraising for Ickle Pickles
CHALLENGE Lorraine Blackburn is fundraising for Ickle Pickles
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DO you fancy descending the side of the Spinnaker Tower with a superhero?

Ickle Pickles, a charity which supports neonatal units, has invited Spider-Man to edge his way down the tower on Saturday afternoon.

There are still a few places left for brave members of the public to take part, too – but you need to sign up quickly.

Lorraine Blackburn, from Waterlooville, has been a fundraiser for the charity since the death of her premature son Owen in 2009.

Mrs Blackburn said: ‘The Spinnaker Tower abseil is one of Ickle Pickles’ annual events.

‘Having done the abseil twice myself I can highly recommend it.

‘It is such a great way for us as a charity to raise money and also awareness about Ickle Pickles.

‘The crowds at Gunwharf are always amazing and get into the spirit of things, cheering everyone on who is abseiling down the tower and of course by donating to us on the day.

‘We would love to fill these last few places we have so are looking for some daredevils and adrenaline junkies to come and join us on the day.’

Lorraine gave birth to Owen at 26 weeks after suffering the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia. Despite the dedicated care of staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, and Southampton General Hospital, Owen passed away at the age of just 12 weeks.

But, since then, through events such as the abseil, Lorraine and husband Chris have raised £200,000 in his memory.

The money has been spent on the very best and most up-to-date equipment for the two neonatal units that cared for their precious son. The abseils take place between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday.

There are two payment options. The first is £85 per person with no specific amount to raise in sponsorship. The second is £50 per person plus a minimum of £200 in sponsorship.

To find out more call 07977 480216 or e-mail