101-year-old woman descended a 100-meter tower for charity

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( ENSPIRE NEWS ) 101-year-old woman descended a 100-meter tower for charity

LONDON — Your last charity run you doesn’t seem quite so impressive now, does it?

A 101-year-old woman beat her own record as the world’s oldest abseiler when she lowered herself down 100 metres (328 feet) of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in the UK once again on Sunday.

Doris Long, who took up the sport at the age of 85, first pulled off the stunt at Portsmouth when she turned 100 last May

She was raising money for Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, and told the BBC that she wasn’t scared during her descent. “I don’t feel afraid and never have, I just have a placid nature,” she said.

“It was very hard work, much harder than last year,” she added. “It was so windy I swung about a bit but oh yes, I enjoyed it, I feel it’s well worth it.”

Donors on her JustGiving.com fundraising page applauded her feat.

“I’ve never met you but had to give something. Thank you,” one person wrote. “Doris you are incredible, well done! Such an inspiration,” another added.

Long has raised more than £11,000 ($17,000) for the hospice. She plans to take on the tower next year as well.

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