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Joan Dampney takes up a challenge at 85 years of age

By mbarber  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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THERE are numerous things you could do to mark your 85th year. You could email or write to 85 acquaintances; or perhaps the idea of meeting friends for coffee 85 times in a year appeals.

However, if you’re brave like Joan Dampney, you’ll take on the challenge of abseiling down an 85 foot cliff - Blacknor South in Portland.

Joan is doing just that on Saturday 29th March to raise funds for Autism Wessex, of which she is a trustee.

Joan said: “I’ve always wanted to abseil so I’m taking on an 85ft cliff in my 85th year. I have been involved with the charity since 1972 so when I saw this opportunity I couldn’t resist; I know I’ll be in safe hands so I’m not worried. The work the charity does is varied and far reaching so I hope to help generate vital funds for this work to continue.”

Joan will be joining the Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Stella Jones who has already signed up.

Registration costs just £10 with a minimum sponsorship to raise £100 for Autism Wessex. The fundraising team would be delighted to help with event ideas to support individual fundraising activities, such as organised cake sales or a car wash.

Registration can be completed via the charity’s website at www.autismwessex.org.uk. For anything further info contact Paul Reade on 01202 703597 or email paul.reade@autismwessex.org.uk

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