Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston may suffer from vertigo but that won’t stop him from abseiling off the Ecotricity building.
Councillor Cranston is joining fellow town councillor Camilla Hale in the abseil to raise money for Allsorts, a charity which supports families across Gloucestershire who have children with disabilities or additional needs.
“Allsorts came to give a presentation to the town council about their work, which impressed me very much,” Councillor Cranston.
“I also met some the parents that they support during a visit to Parliament Street Children’s Centre. It was obvious how much they valued the support Allsorts give. It just seemed the right thing to do.”
During his career in the Army, Councillor Cranston abseiled from cliffs and helicopters though the 64-year-old admits that was “a few years ago”.
“I suffer from vertigo on exposed heights so would never stand on the edge of a cliff but am fine if it is impossible to fall off.
“I am a bit nervous but once I am over the first bit going over the edge I will be fine. We went on a 1 kilometre 350ft drop zip wire last week. As soon as I sat back in the harness and was supported It was brilliant.”
Councillor Camilla Hale is taking part in the abseil with her 11-year-old niece Seren Levay.
“I am afraid of heights,” she says. “My niece, Seren, is also doing the abseil and she is 11. I am 62, surely I can do anything she can?
“Allsorts is a terrific charity and three of the members of my family are very closely involved in it. It is a charity that Stroud should be very proud of – home grown and engaging so many families in holistic and imaginative ways and challenging attitudes to different kinds of disabilities and what people can do together.”
The Abseil for Allsorts will be held on Saturday September 24. It is open to all ages and abilities including wheelchair users. Under 18s must have parental or guardian permission. The deadline for registration is Thursday September 22.
Entry costs £15 and participants must raise at least £50 in sponsorship.
To register email [email protected] or ring 07944 726444.