Abigail (10) conquers the heights

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IT wasn’t enough for tiny Abigail Bates to do her first ever abseil down the 170ft wall of a city hotel.

She wants to do it again – and from a greater height next time.

Abigail (10) and her dad Andy (42) raised more than £300 from their sponsored abseil at The Jury’s Inn, Derby, on Saturday.

The cash will be split between Abigail’s sister, Alice (5), and the sisters’ school, Long Sutton Primary.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Alice won the hearts of Spalding Guardian readers last year when they raised £8,000 to buy her a made-to-measure powered wheelchair by donating to The Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund.

She now needs a special “P Pod” chair, which she will use at school and home, and money from the abseil will fund that.

Andy and wife Charlotte have six children and the whole family travelled to Derby for the abseil.

Andy descended first and Abigail followed.

Charlotte expected to feel nervous as a spectator but both Andy and Abigail were confident, happy and in safe hands.

She said: “Abigail’s first words after the abseil were ‘can we do it again, but higher next time, please?’

“She can’t wait to try something like it again.

“Andy has ticked it off his list of things to do. He is not afraid of heights but he is not particularly keen of being in places that are too high.

“He said he could hear our children cheering when he was on the roof – and they got louder and louder as he was on his way down.”

“He was really proud of himself and he has also said he would do it again.”

The abseil was organised by the family of a cerbral palsy sufferer and there were many people there raising funds for good causes.

Andy and Abigail agreed to do the abseil when they were first told it was from a height of 111ft – but the drop was re-measured and found to be 170ft.

Abigail only stands a little over 4ft 7in so she descended more than 37 times her own height.

She’s now enjoying her last few days at Long Sutton Primary and will start at Spalding High School in September.