Mayor of Swindon Kevin Parry will take a step into the unknown, literally, on Saturday.

The new mayor will be roped up and abseiling down the 130 feet high side of the Jurys Inn hotel in Fleming Way, raising money for two selected charities, The Swindon and North Wilts Deaf Children’s Society and CALM - the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement.

He said: “We’ve set up a fundraising committee and we met and we had some ideas and Nicole Cox, Miss Wiltshire said she was doing it and asked me to do it as well.

“I said yes. It’s easy to say yes, but I’m getting a bit nervous about it as it gets closer It’s very much out of my comfort zone this, I’ve never done anything like it ever before.”

Swindon’s first citizen should be in good hands - the Big Abseil event is being organised for the third year by 1st Dorcan Scout group.

Coun Parry said: “They come from my ward, so I’m their local councillor, so they do need to look after me - and I’m sure they know what they’re doing. It gives me some reassurance.

“I’m wondering what I’ve let myself in for - I’m told there’s a moment when you actually step off that it can be a bit nerve-wracking.”

But whatever his nerves the mayor is determined to complete the challenge in order to raise as much money as he can for the two good causes: “CALM is well-known and quite a big charity, but the Deaf Children’s Society is much smaller and does a lot of very good work.”

“They are both run by dedicated volunteers who work hard to support local people and their families, making a really positive difference to the lives of so many, at a time when they need it the most.”

Coun Parry added: “Over the course of the next year, I will be aiming to raise as much money as possible for both charities and I am calling for the support of local people. Whether it is to join my Fundraising Committee, sponsor me, or even perhaps organise a dress down day at work to raise funds, or donate a raffle prize, any help would be very much appreciated.

“If people want to come down on Saturday and watch me step off the roof here, they’d be welcome to, but what’s more important is support for the charities.

“And I won’t be wearing my robes or chain to do the abseil. They’re so precious I wouldn’t want them to get damaged if I hit the ground a bit harder than I was expecting.”

The mayor will begin his daredevil descent at 4pm on Saturday from the roof of the hotel at the corner of Fleming Way and Princes Street.

You can sponsor the Mayor online at.justgiving.com/companyteams/TheMayorsCharitiesSwindon2019-20 or email swindonmayorcharities@gmail.com