Daredevil granny takes on abseil challenge for charity

Yvonne Anderson of Springhill Walk at Morpeth seen with her certificate for abseiling.'REF 0811133539
Yvonne Anderson of Springhill Walk at Morpeth seen with her certificate for abseiling.'REF 0811133539

A DARING grandmother put her nerves to the test to abseil down Newcastle Dental Hospital.

Sprightly 79-year-old Yvonne Anderson, who lives in Kirkhill, Morpeth, took the plunge to raise funds for her granddaughter Eve, who has locked-in syndrome.

The ten-year-old, who formerly attended Stannington First School, is believed to be the youngest person in the world with the condition after suffering a bleed on the brain on Valentine’s Day 2011. She is fully aware of everything going on around her, but can only communicate by blinking.

Her family and friends have completed various fund-raising activities to ensure Eve always has the support she needs, and last month it was her grandmother’s turn to take on a challenge.

She said: “I help all I can with Eve. I have no fear of heights and I will climb anything to see the view so when I saw a write-up on the abseil I thought I would give it a go.

“I enjoy walking and hill climbing, but I’d never done anything like this before.

“I have to admit, when I saw how high it was I thought ‘no way’. The worst part was getting over the wall, but after that it was great. When I got to the bottom, I asked to do it again.

“It felt fantastic afterwards, feeling like I had achieved something and knowing I had helped Eve.”

The abseil was organised by Mobex North East and Mrs Anderson has collected about £300 in sponsorship so far.

“This is for Eve’s future because she is going to need a lot of care,” she said.

“I just want to say how much I appreciate the support I have had. The people of Morpeth have been so good. I have had support from neighbours, friends, friends of friends, local businesses and everybody.

“Even if it hasn’t been financial help, the support in other ways has been fantastic. Urban Spa has been wonderful with Eve as she goes for little treatments.

“It has been a huge comfort to know that people are still thinking of Eve.”

Mrs Anderson was supported on the day by her son and Eve’s father Iain, as well as other family members and friends. One of the group, Craig Richardson, even volunteered for an abseil himself on the day.