Abseiling challenge for workers

Fundraisers Ashleigh Morrell(left) and Lorna Hilton pictured at the top of the Christ Church Art Gallery

Fundraisers Ashleigh Morrell(left) and Lorna Hilton pictured at the top of the Christ Church Art Gallery

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BRAVE Lorna Hilton doesn’t even like walking down steep flights of stairs – yet later this month she will abseil down the steepest building in Newcastle.

Lorna – along with her colleagues at Victim Support, in Hartlepool, Ashleigh Morrell, 21 and Jenny Rowe, 40, together with 37 other charity workers from across the North-East – will make her way down the Vermont Hotel, in the city, which stands twice as tall as the Tyne Bridge.

Everyone taking part must raise a minimum of £100 ahead of the challenge, which is taking place later this month, providing thousands of pounds for Victim Support.

Lorna, 45, says the money raised by herself, Ashleigh, a volunteer, and Jenny, who works in admin support, will all stay in Hartlepool, which is more than enough motivation to get them through the daring challenge.

But she doesn’t mind admitting the nerves have already kicked in.

“I have made the mistake of going on YouTube and watching videos of people abseiling,” laughed Lorna, who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool with husband, Steve, a Hartlepool Borough Council press officer, and their two children, Robert, 14, and 10-year-old Jessica.

“Everybody is saying to me the sense of achievement will be amazing, but at the minute all I can feel is nerves and dread.

“I think the hardest part will be the initial step-over at the top.”

Lorna, who is project manager at the Victim Support office in York Road, Hartlepool, said the money raised during the challenge will provide a huge boost.

The charity gives free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected.

She added: “We are all nervous but the money raised will be a real help to a lot of people.”

People can donate in support of Lorna, Ashleigh and Jenny but can also take part in the challenge themselves.

Eighty places are available for the challenge which will take place on Sunday, June 24.

Each spot costs £25 and everyone taking part must raise a minimum of £100.

Anyone wishing to take part should call (01429) 221920.

To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/Lorna-Hilton or http://www.justgiving.com/Ashleigh-Morrell.