Abigail (10) in hotel abseil

Brave Abigail (front, right) with sister Alice and parents Andy and Charlotte. Also pictured are Abigail's brothers and sisters, John, Emily, Hannah and Henry and visiting American cousin Ethan Weeks. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050612-27MD
Brave Abigail (front, right) with sister Alice and parents Andy and Charlotte. Also pictured are Abigail's brothers and sisters, John, Emily, Hannah and Henry and visiting American cousin Ethan Weeks. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050612-27MD

PLUCKY ten-year-old Abigail Bates is all set to abseil 111ft down the wall of a city hotel to raise money for her disabled sister Alice and Long Sutton Primary School.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Alice (5) won the hearts of Spalding Guardian readers last year when they raised more than £8,000 to buy her a made-to-measure powered wheelchair.

Her family has now begun raising cash for an equipment fund as well as for the school that helped Alice so much.

On July 7 Abigail will do her first ever abseil at The Jury’s Inn in Derby.

Mum Charlotte (34) will have a tough time watching even though the organisers are providing a proper safety harness for Abigail.

She said: “I told my mum to come with me so she can tell me when she’s half way down so I can look.”

Long Sutton Primary School pupil Abigail loves indoor rock climbing walls, but the abseil is something new.

Charlotte said: “Abigail is very adventurous but she’s never been up anything this high before.”

Dad Andy (42) is doing the abseil as well.

Alice will be saying thank you to Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press readers who donated money via the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund.

She will have a stall at the school fair from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, June 23 raising cash for the fund.

l To donate to the abseil send a cheque payable to The Friends of Long Sutton Primary School, marked ‘abseil’, to the school in Dick Turpin Way, Long Sutton, PE12 9EP.