Rappelling down Coventry Cathedral for a cause

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Posted 27 February 2024

A 73-year-old daredevil is preparing to abseil 90 metres down Coventry Cathedral to raise money for a local charity.

Margaret, resident at Housing 21’s Rohan Gardens scheme in Warwick is no stranger to scaling the monument having completed the challenge twice already.

To mark her third abseil, she will be joined by Regional Extra Care Manager, Shantell Driscoll as the pair take on the challenge to raise money for Myton Hospice. Shantelle, Regional Extra Care Manager said: “Margaret asked me if I would do this with her to raise money and me being me said yes, even though I have a fear of heights!

“It’s for a good cause and I couldn’t have her doing it by herself!”

Residents at the Extra Care scheme based in Warwick, which is owned and operated by Housing 21, chose a local charity which is close to many of their hearts. The hospice has supported its residents over the years and now the residents and employees at the Extra Care scheme want to give something back to show their appreciation.

Margaret said: “I’m looking forward to doing it again with Shantelle to raise money for Myton Hospice, a great cause that is local to many Housing 21 schemes.”

With no fundraising goal in sight, they’re hoping to raise as much money as possible to support the charity.

The local community is expected to come together and watch the event at Coventry’s landmark cathedral on Saturday 16 March.

To make a donation to Margaret and Shantelle’s challenge, visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/shantelle-driscoll-1705239905931?utm_term=BvD6aMDYW


(Pictured: Shantelle Driscoll, Regional Extra Care Manager and Housing 21 resident, Margaret)


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