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Brave nan to scale church tower

Swindon Advertiser: Pam Boseley Pam Boseley

DAREDEVIL grandmother Pam Boseley will be abseiling down her second building in three years when she takes on St Sampson’s Church tower.

The 82-year-old mother-of-three, who is not new to towers after being a bell ringer, is abseiling down the 65ft-tower on Sunday to raise money for Christian Aid, and she has already raised more than £200.

Pam said: “I’m not afraid of heights and I’m looking forward to it.”

It is not the first time Pam has abseiled down from a great height. In 2011 she was the first person to sign up to descend the Don Rogers stand at the County Ground for Prospect Hospice.

She said: “Two years ago I did an abseil from the football stadium and it was very enjoyable – I thought that if I got the chance to do it again then I would.

“I raised nearly £1,000 for Prospect Hospice when I did that.

“I saw this when I was in church and I just thought, that’s me, and I signed up.”

Even Pam’s problem knees have not put her off taking part.

She said: “I wanted to do the abseil off the football stadium but before I could do that I had to climb 79 steps to get up there and then there was a ladder with very thin rungs.

“I didn’t have anything to hold on to and I said I was going to need some help. That’s when two very nice young men came along to give me a hand.”

The former volunteer at the Great Western Hospital hopes to do even more abseiling in future, but does not think it’s for everyone her age.

She said: “You wouldn’t want to get cold feet once you got to the top.

“What I would really, really like to do is to abseil down from a cliff. Maybe I will look into it in a couple of years because it seems like I am doing them every two years or so.”

The money Pam raises will go towards supporting people around the world overcome poverty and injustice during Christian Aid week, which takes place from May 11 to May 17.

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