BRAVE granny Marilyn Northcott of Northam is preparing to take a big step – and a soaking – in memory of her late grandson Josh. Long time Police Special Marilyn, 53, is well known throughout the Torridge area and a familiar figure at public events. Now s

Josh Northcott, who lost his fight with leukaemia in January this year at the age of four.

BRAVE granny Marilyn Northcott of Northam is preparing to take a big step - and a soaking - in memory of her late grandson Josh.

Long time Police Special Marilyn, 53, is well known throughout the Torridge area and a familiar figure at public events.

Now she is preparing to take the limelight with a 220-feet abseil down Canonteign Falls in the Teign Valley, the longest waterfall in England.

"I have no fear of heights and I know it will be overseen by professionals," said Marilyn, who is also a school kitchen manager at Instow Primary School.

"But it's the watery side that is some concern as it could be slippery."

Her challenge on Saturday will raise funds for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Marilyn's grandson Josh Northcott lost his fight with leukaemia in January this year at the age of four.

Parents Paul and Emma and sisters Jade, Kara and Mylie have been playing their parts in raising funds for the charity, including at boot sales and a darts event. They are hoping to raise £5,000.

Now granny is jumping in with both feet to help.

Abseiling is not new to Marilyn. In the past she has made an 180feet descent at Hartland Cliffs to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West and she also slid down the zipwire at Fremington Army Camp in a Leap Year promotion to recruit more Police Specials.

"When Josh was in hospital we were able to use CLIC House at Bristol Hospital, to enable the family to stay close to him," she said.

"It provided a home from home and there were other families there, too, so you could share and talk over problems."

If anyone wants to sponsor Marilyn's efforts they can contact her on (01237) 479372.