Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Daring' Doris Long spends 100th birthday abseiling

Doris Long pictured on the roof of Millgate House in Portsmouth in 2012 Image copyright Rowans Hospice
Image caption Doris Long carried out her first abseil when she was 85

A great-great-grandmother is spending her 100th birthday abseiling down Portsmouth's landmark Spinnaker Tower in aid of a Hampshire hospice.

Doris Long, MBE, of Hayling Island, is known as "Daring Doris" and already holds the world record for the oldest person to abseil.

She has clocked up a dozen descents and raised almost £10,000 for Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

Mrs Long, who began abseiling at 85, is descending 328ft (100m).

She will be accompanied by ITV presenter Fred Dinenage.

Mrs Long said: "I like just a nice, steady travel down there, looking around and chatting to the other person that's with you.

"Two go down together - you always have someone with you, alongside you.

"It's really exhilarating."

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