Monday, 11 July 2011

Inspirational charity couple!!

How cool are these two?!!

Not sure the URL fits the story, so here it is in full:

THEY have lain on a bed of nails and jumped through fiery hoops but a duo of octogenarian fundraisers from Yeovil are facing one of their biggest obstacles to date – the 25ft climbing wall at Buckler's Mead sports centre.

Over the last 18 years Flo and Jim Essex, of West Coker Road, have raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes with a series of long-distance walks, physical challenges and stunts including abseiling down the front of Yeovil District Hospital.

Next month they plan to scale the indoor climbing wall which presents a tough physical challenge to people a quarter of their age.

The idea came about after they asked their sponsors to suggest unusual challenges and chose the venue because it will allow their attempt to be witnessed by an audience.

The climb will be a particular challenge to Flo, who is afraid of heights.

She said: "We were looking for something different. Over the years we have done many, many things, but this is something we have never done before so it will be a challenge. That's especially the case for me because I am afraid of heights.

"When we abseiled down the hospital, I kept my eyes closed all the way down although people were saying what a wonderful view."

The couple hope to raise £1,500 for equipment at the accident and emergency department at Yeovil District Hospital.

Flo, 80, and Jim, 85, were crowned Charity Champions in the Western Gazette Pride Awards in March. They received an MBE for their charity efforts in 2007, the same year they lay on a bed of nails for a second time to raise money for charity.

They are inviting people to watch them take on the challenge on July 16. The sports hall will be open for the climb at 1.15pm.

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