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A 71-year-old scales tower the size of more than three double decker buses for north Norfolk charities

PUBLISHED: 13:53 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 15 June 2017

Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE.

Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE.

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A 71-year-old thrill seeker from north Norfolk has helped raise vital funds for two local causes after embarking on a 53ft abseil - the height of more than three double decker buses.

Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE. Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE.

Christine Wood, of Madams Lane, Northrepps, completed the charity fundraiser after scaling down the side of the First Rural Roughton Mill Scouts’ headquarters in the village.

Mrs Wood hoped to raise £500 in total for both the scouts and the Friends of Overstrand and Cromer Community First Responders.

Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE. Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE.

Secretary for the Friends, she said: “Scout leader Colin Broughton-Begley showed patience, humour and a great deal of knowledge in dealing with me as I’d never abseiled before.

“The scouts are lucky enough to have the mill tower and its adjoining building as their scout hut.

Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE. Christine Wood, 71, has completed an 53ft abseil to raise money for charity. Picture: BRIAN POOLE.

“It was a wonderful experience. My thanks go to all my friends and neighbours who have already donated and to all those who supported me on the day.”

Mrs Wood cemented her accomplishment on Sunday, June 11, by undertaking a second abseil of the building, after completing her first attempt.

“I have done many risky and unusual things,” she said. “I have had lessons in flying a helicopter and a fixed wing plane and in driving a heritage steam train. Off my own bat I have flown in a microlight and skydived over the Arizona desert. I’ve also looped-the-loop and done other aerobatics in an open cockpit Tiger Moth, as a passenger.”

Mrs Wood is still taking donations and is hopeful of reaching her target.

The Overstrand and Cromer Community First Responders is made up of local volunteers and needs funds for uniform and equipment. The group aims to raise awareness of its lifesaving role and to run, manage, and develop.

- If you would like to donate then ring Christine Wood on 01263 579433, where she can provide details.

- If you would like to arrange an awareness course with the Overstrand and Cromer Community First Responders ring Jim Begley on 01263 576539.

- Have you done something unusual for charity? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01263 513920 or email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk.

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