Isle women take the tower challenge for hospice

Barbara Spencer, of Epworth, and a friend get ready for the abseil at Grimsby.
Barbara Spencer, of Epworth, and a friend get ready for the abseil at Grimsby.

Two intrepid Epworth women spent their Saturday abseiling down a 300 foot tower.

It was a tough call, but by their sponsored effort Barbara Spencer and hospice worker Sharon Tune helped to raise a massive £4,500 for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Mrs Spencer, 69, of Station Road, said that the charity feat at Grimsby’s 309 foot Victorian Dock Tower was “gruelling, with over 460 tiny windy steps to the top before you began.” But she added: “It was good when you got to the bottom.”

Gran-of-three Mrs Spencer, who works in the Lindsey Lodge Hospice shop at Epworth, is keenly aware of the financial strain the hospice faces, and wanted to help.

She said: “I decided I’d give it a go, and raised a bit more in personal sponsorship than the £150 we each were tasked with. There were a dozen of us all together. It was exhilarating and good fun, and all in a good cause.”

Typical costs experienced by Lindsey Lodge include £1400 a month for oxygen supplies, £400 per day for care per in-patient, and assessments for day care patients are £60 each.