Take part in Chemo Appeal sponsored abseil on Sunday, July 27.

Chemo fundraiser Julie Whitton has been on the hunt for a suitably tall North Devon building.Chemo fundraiser Julie Whitton has been on the hunt for a suitably tall North Devon building.

FOLLOW in the footsteps of former North Devon mayors this July – as they abseil from a 90 foot church tower for the chemo Appeal.

One time Mayor of Barnstaple and now appeal fundraising manager Ian Roome will be joined by several ex-mayors to abseil down the tower of St Augustine Parish Church at Heanton Punchardon near Braunton.

Anyone who would like to join them on Sunday, July 27 is welcome to sign up – but hurry, as there are only 30 places available.

Participants are asked to raise at least £100 in sponsorship, but previous abseil experience is not necessary as full training will be given by the instructors from Skern Adventure Centre on the day.

“I’ve had a look at the tower and it is a very long way day down but I’ve always wanted to have a go at abseiling, and I can’t wait for the date to arrive,” said Ian.

Fundraiser Julie Whitton has been busily climbing to the top of numerous North Devon buildings with a Skern instructor trying to find the ideal spot for the abseil.

“Heanton church is simply the best and probably has the best abseil view in Devon,” she said.

“The view overlooks the Taw and Torridge estuary with views to Lundy and Hartland and the beaches of North Devon – it is phenomenal.”

To take part simply download an entry form and sponsorship form from www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/fundraising or call the fundraising team on 01271 311772.