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Abseiling 70plus

PUBLISHED: 15:14 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010

A PENSIONER abseiled 80ft down the side of a theatre and donated £1,000 to a hospice, writes Kate Nelson. Retired Insurance Director, 73-year-old John Warner, made a last minute decision to take part in The Churchill theatre s annual abseiling challenge

A PENSIONER abseiled 80ft down the side of a theatre and donated £1,000 to a hospice, writes Kate Nelson.

Retired Insurance Director, 73-year-old John Warner, made a last minute decision to take part in The Churchill theatre's annual abseiling challenge on Wednesday, August 2.

It meant he didn't have enough time to collect sponsorship money, so decided to donate the money to Orpington based charity Harris HospisCare instead.

He did it in memory of his wife Kathleen, who had suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years and was dependent on a wheelchair for the last 10 years of her life.

In September last year Mrs Warner passed away after being diagnosed with cancer earlier that year.

At the time Mr Warner took comfort by talking to staff at Harris HospisCare. He said: "I was finding it very difficult to cope and phoned for help and within hours they had taken over and given terrific support right to the end."

Harris HospisCare Fundraising Manager, Christine Davies, said: "We are so grateful to all the people who took part in this event.

"It is support like this, from our community, that make it possible for us to continue the vital work we do.

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