Fearless animal lover in her 70s to abseil off Ecotricity HQ

A FEARLESS woman in her 70s is set to plunge 50 feet in support of a good cause close to her heart.

Jenny Cotterill, 71, is among a group of more than 50 daredevil volunteers who are steeling themselves for an abseil down the courtyard wall of the Ecotricity building at Wallbridge, Stroud on Saturday, September 17.

All are raising sponsorship for one of four charities – Allsorts, the Nelson Trust, The Door and Stroud Valleys Project.

Courageous Jenny is taking the leap for SVP.

“I did abseil once nearly 50 years ago and I can remember that it was scary until you start descending,” said Jenny, who volunteers for the community and conservation charity.

“I’m not feeling nervous now but no doubt on the day I may feel entirely different.

“My friends think I’m mad but I’ve decided to do this to support such a worthy charity which cherishes wildlife sites and encourages people to enjoy and respect these special areas.

“I’ve helped in different projects such as Stratford Park, Sarah’s Field in Berkeley, and Capel’s Mill and Arundel Mill Pond, both great areas for wildlife.

“There’s never a dull moment with a variety of tasks such as planting trees, making ponds, scything grass meadows, making a hazel windbreak, planting wildflowers and bulbs and willow weaving.”

One of The Door’s supporters is just 16 and she explained: “When I moved to Stroud a few years ago, I was a very shy and scared person.

“I started turning up to youth club and the team made me feel so welcome, and slowly guided me to grow in myself.

“Fast forward four years and I love going every week, I’ve even started helping with leading sessions, which I couldn’t have dreamed of doing back then.”

The event is being made possible thanks to the generous support of Ecotricity, Randall and Payne and WSP Solicitors.

There are still a few spaces left – sign up at stroudabseil.org.uk

Entry costs £20, which helps cover the cost of putting on the event which runs from 11am to 6pm.

Participants must be aged 14 years or over on September 17 and everyone who takes part is being asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship for their chosen charity.



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