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71-year-old Old Windsor fundraiser set to abseil down Spinnaker Tower for final challenge

71-year-old Old Windsor fundraiser set to abseil down Spinnaker Tower for final challenge

David Lee

71-year-old Old Windsor fundraiser set to abseil down Spinnaker Tower for final challenge

She's been swimming with sharks, trekked along the Great Wall of China and thrown herself out a plane.

ABSEIL ADVENTURE: Hospice volunteer Jenny Barty and PA Chris Cook

And now 71-year-old Old Windsor resident Jenny Barty looks set to call time on a remarkable eight years of fundraising challenges for Thames Hospice by abseiling 100m down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

Jenny has been volunteering as a flower arranger at the hospice, which cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses, since 2008.

While she started off fundraising for the charity by holding cream tea events, she says she couldn’t help but be persuaded to try something more daring.

“I just quite like to be adventurous but my husband Arthur said this is definitely going to be my last event,” she said.

Jenny took part in a tandem sky dive in 2008 before trekking for six-and-a-half days along the Great Wall of China a year later.

She said: “Everything that I’ve tried has always been a challenge.

“I don’t like giving in to anything so I just have to grit my teeth and go ahead with it.”

Jenny has now raised more than £20,000 for Thames Hospice through her charity challenges and hopes to add more than £2,000 to that total when she completes her abseil.

Despite not being a lover of heights, the 71-year-old said she would not being shying away from her final challenge.

“I think there was a 99-year-old that did it so if she can do it, I can do it.

“I just feel that I’m putting something back into the community.

“I love being a volunteer at the hospice, it’s such a worthwhile cause,” she said.

Chris Cook, the PA to Thames Hospice CEO Debbie Raven, will be braving the abseil alongside Jenny, which is taking place on Sunday, June 7.

Go to https://www.justgiving.com/jennyabseil/ to donate.

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