Abseil of the Century

31 Aug 2017

When 83 year old Pat O’Riorden from Somerset agreed to abseil 110 metres down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise funds for people with osteoporosis, she admits she had no idea exactly how big a challenging she had taken on.

“I almost freaked out when I saw what I had to do,” she says, “I had no idea it was so high nor that I would have to do all the work of pulling myself down.” 

But when Pat – who recently found out that she has osteoporosis and has lost two inches in height - sets her mind to something, she doesn’t do things by half. 

“I was absolutely dreading it,” she tells us, “and it was really hard work  - but mission accomplished and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to help raise money and awareness for the National Osteoporosis Society.”

“My mother had osteoporosis, as has my sister,” says Pat. “So I wanted to do something to help and I’m glad I did, but I have promised myself I will never abseil again!”

If you’d like to make a donation to mark Pat’s amazing act of bravery and help people affected by osteoporosis, call our fundraising team on 01761 473104 or email j.hillier@nos.org.uk

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