Fund-raising Dales people asked to take the plunge

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Brave Dales folk are being invited to abseil down one of the tallest buildings in Derby to raise money for charity.

Sight Support Derbyshire has organised a sponsored abseil down the Jurys Inn hotel, which towers 110ft above the city.

Anyone who wants to take part just needs to turn up, face their fears and raise at least £100 for Sight Support Derbyshire - all equipment and expertise is provided by Rock and Ice of Ashbourne.

Fund–raising manager for Sight Support Derbyshire, Robin Toal, said “The exhilaration of hanging your life on a rope no thicker than your finger is immense. Abseiling requires no skill, no effort and no prior experience, the real challenge is in the mind. Whether it’s your first descent or if you’ve enjoyed abseiling before, you’re always guaranteed a thrilling mix of emotions – initial trepidation, a rush of success and elation through contact with the ground – and afterwards, an uncontrollable urge to do it all again. The Jurys Inns Abseil is a great test of nerve and it is tremendously inspiring, even two years later, to have conquered the biggest building in the city as I walk into work each morning.”