Midhurst mum Samantha tackles Spinnaker Tower


MIDHURST mum Samantha Collins took the plunge, literally, to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Samantha, who works in the Cowdray Estate office at Easebourne, was one of a group of intrepid challengers who abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays last week.

She undertook the courageous fundraising feat in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: “I did it for JDRF because my son Ben, who is now 11, was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes at the age of three.”

Samantha told the Observer: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. But I still couldn’t look down.”

She was one of a team of six who took the plunge for the charity and is pictured with them all after their challenge.

“With the support of friends, colleagues and the Midhurst Masons,” said Samantha, “I managed to raise £1,800, and combined with the other ladies who took part for that charity at the same time, together we raised more than £6,000 for the cause.”

The other team members were Emily Beavan, Samantha Bowers, Racheal Rhodes, Nathalie Kaye and Danielle Vickery-Cox.