‘Daring’ Doris takes things to a new height

SHE’S picked an iconic building to take on as her 15th abseil, at the age of 99.

‘Daring’ Doris Long will be scaling down Spinnaker Tower, in what will be her tallest abseil.

Doris Long

Doris Long

Doris, of Hayling Island, will be raising money for The Rowans Hospice.

She has previously done 14 other abseils, but at 100m (328ft), this will be her most daring yet.

She said: ‘It’s one I’ve always wanted to do.

‘I have done 14 so far, but this will be the tallest.

‘I’m not really thinking about this one too much, but abseiling has become a bit of a habit.

‘I like raising money for the hospice.’

Gunwharf Quays Management Limited has chosen The Rowans Hospice as their local charity of the year.

A team of 38 will be abseiling down the tower in Gunwharf Quays.

Ali George, corporate and trust relations at the Purbrook-hospice, said: ‘We’re so grateful to Gunwharf Quays for choosing to support The Rowans Hospice and taking on this impressive challenge.

‘Doris is looking forward to reaching new heights with this abseil and once again proving herself to be the oldest abseiler in the world, a title officially recognised by Guinness World Records.’

The centre director of Gunwharf Quays said he wishes Doris luck with her abseil.

Ian Hart said: ‘Gunwharf Quays is committed to supporting charities that benefit people in the area so we’re delighted to support The Rowans Hospice and the great work they do.

‘We wish Doris all the very best with her abseil challenge and hope people will show their support for such an inspirational lady.’

And the MS Society has been chosen as Gunwharf management’s national charity.

Joining the abseil team will be 78-year-old Renata Evans, of Southsea.

Renata, who has previously done a skydive, said: My husband Mark suffered from multiple sclerosis, and the charity really helped.

‘It’s a difficult condition to live with, as it affects people in different ways.

‘By doing this abseil, I will be supporting the charity and giving something back.’