RDA abseilers show a head for heights

RDA abesil from Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle

RDA abesil from Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle

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MORE than £11,000 was raised for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) with a sponsored abseil off a windswept Bamburgh Castle.

Forty-three brave participants kept their nerve to take the plunge off the 180-feet high Constable Tower on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Orde, RDA national chairman was last to go and said: “The RDA abseil challenge was fantastic! It was a brilliant experience coming down Bamburgh Castle overlooking the sea, even though it was so windy that I was blown away from the castle twice. I am delighted that we have raised £11,000 for RDA.”

Abseilers included paralympic gold medal winner Liz Stone, who got out of her wheel chair at the top and was smiling all the way down!

Margaret Morgan, from Reston, regional chairman for Edinburgh and the Borders RDA, told the Berwickshire News: “It was a great experience for me, a granny with not a very good head for heights, to be able to complete a 180 feet abseil down the Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle. The view from the top was magnificent and the whole day was worthwhile to raise funds for RDA.”

Many of the 43 abseilers and their supporters came from across the north of England and the Scottish Borders, but some were from further afield including London and Warwickshire.

There was also a large crowd of curious tourists and holidaymakers watching from the village green below the castle.

Sam said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere at Bamburgh Castle with each abseiler being cheered as they completed the challenge.

“Adventure Northumberland from Alnwick provided expert instructors who were brilliant at giving confidence to nervous first timers, so that everyone completed the abseil challenge.”

Bamburgh Castle has generously named RDA as its charity of the year, and this abseil is one of a series of fundraising initiatives being organised to help raise as much money as possible.