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Event was organised by Shopmobility Basingstoke
FOR people with a head for heights, it was a great opportunity to be a daredevil and raise funds for a good cause.
Thirty brave volunteers launched themselves off of the roof of Basingstoke hospital to raise money for people with disabilities.
Pouring rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants, who edged over the top of the hospital roof, in Aldermaston Road, before carefully lowering themselves to the ground using a rope. Spectators cheered as each one successfully landed safely.
The event was organised by Shopmobility Basingstoke, to raise funds for mobility scooters used by disabled people around town.
Melanie Collins, 43, from Beggarwood, was one of those taking part. The mother-of-two, who works for Basingstoke Citizens Advice Bureau, decided to do the challenge in support of her friend Paula Southby-Ryland.
She said: “My friend has just recently been clas-sed as disabled and uses Shopmobility every week.
“I haven’t done anything like this since I was a teenager. Sofas and the TV are normally fine for me!
“It was scary and exhilarating at the same time. I quite enjoyed it. Actually getting my second leg over the wall was the hardest part. I just thought: ‘don’t let go of the rope’.”
Mrs Collins has raised £330 through sponsorship, which she is splitting between Shopmobility and the Basingstoke branch of CAB.
Mrs Southby-Ryland, 39, from Beggarwood, said she was proud of her friend for doing the challenge. The mother-of-two was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome – a poorly understood condition in which a person develops a persistent burning pain in one of their limbs.
She said: “I injured my leg in January and that’s when it all started. Going around town is a lot easier with Shopmobility.”
She added: “I’m chuffed to bits that Melanie has done the abseil.
“She takes me into town so she sees the impact using Shopmobility has had.”
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