Isle of Wight woman celebrates 80th birthday by abseiling down Spinnaker Tower

Abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower on her 80th birthday has sparked an adventure for Mrs Sorensen, whose next target is abseiling down the Eiffel Tower

Mrs Sorensen abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower

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Rheumatology patient, Maria Sorensen, has braved the 100 metre descent down the side of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower on her 80th birthday to fundraise for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Rheumatology Service.

Mrs Sorensen decided to take on the challenge to fundraise for a therapy chair to benefit patients receiving infusion treatment at Laidlaw Day Hospital where she attends for treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Mrs Sorensen seated in the new therapy chair with rheumatology staff

With perfect weather conditions and clear skies, Mrs Sorensen celebrated her milestone birthday by dropping off the 100 metre platform last August and made her way down by rope. She said:

“The rheumatology team at Laidlaw are so good to me and keep me well and active that I wanted to do something to support them. It was a perfect day and, although it was really scary, it was great fun.

“I want to thank my family, my granddaughter, Suzie, my neighbours and to Hayley who runs the rheumatology support group for their lovely support.”

The new chair is already providing great comfort to patients who are often sat for a number of hours at a time while they receive treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune conditions by suppressing the immune system.

Carolyn Goddard, Biologic Nurse Specialist in Rheumatology said:

“We are incredibly grateful for Maria’s support, she is just amazing and we are in complete awe of her. To take on such a challenge at the age of eighty and to think of us and our patients is just wonderful.

“The therapy chair is in our lovely, bright conservatory area and is already making a massive difference to the comfort of our patients.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Maria and to everyone who supports us, whether it’s through fundraising or volunteering, we really do appreciate it.”

Mrs Sorensen is already considering her next challenge with walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and abseiling down the Eiffel Tower on the list.

Mrs Sorensen abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower
Mrs Sorensen abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower

For more information about supporting the work of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust visit the Website.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 9:06am

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