Daredevils who must have head for heights

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Daredevils with a head for heights took part in the first-ever abseil from the top of Douglas Head Lighthouse at the weekend.

This was the first time that abseiling had been allowed from the top of the 80 foot lighthouse.

It was organised by The Children’s Centre to raise funds for its charitable projects, which include Mobex, Out2Play, Child Contact Centre, Community Development and the Community Farm.

Mark Eastham of The Children’s Centre said: ‘It was a great day and all of the abseilers did brilliantly following expert advice from our MOBEX team.

‘Twenty-two people took part, including MHKs Laurence Skelly and Kate Beecroft, we had a few showers, but the rain didn’t dampen spirits.

‘We should raise in the region of £5,000.’

Mr Eastham thanked everyone who took part as well as the sponsors, and owners of the cottages at the foot of the lighthouse, Jim and Maggie Shutler, and John and Tina Mather.

The Children’s Centre has organised several abseiling events in recent years to raise funds, including descents from the top of the Strand Shopping Centre, the RBS International Building in Douglas and last year, the top of the Point of Ayre Lighthouse.




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