She did it! 85ft cliff at 85 years old

Posted: April 16, 2014 by kirisyko in Abseiling, Climbing

Joan Dampney scaling the 85ft cliff face on Saturday 29th March.

On Saturday 29th March, trustee of Autism Wessex, Joan Dampney, completed an abseiling challenge to raise funds for the charity.  Joan is a long term supporter of the charity and took the opportunity to do something she had always wanted to do whilst raising money.


Joan Dampney comments “I’ve always wanted to abseil so I thought why not take on an 85ft cliff in my 85th year.  I have been involved with the charity since 1972 so when I saw this opportunity I couldn’t resist. It was a hard challenge, scaling the impressive cliff face in Portland, but I did it!  The work the charity does is varied and far reaching so I hope to help generate vital funds for this work to continue”.


Children with autism become adults with autism. Autism is a lifelong and invisible condition. While there is no cure, Autism Wessex believe that with appropriate education, support or care and by making the world an easier place to understand, the impact of autism can be reduced and people with autism can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life.


Paul Reade, Community and Events Fundraiser comments; “We are delighted that Joan took part in the abseil.  It is inspiring to see people challenge themselves personally whilst raising vital funds for Autism Wessex, a charity which supports people who often endure daily challenges.  We would like to thank Joan for taking on this difficult and daring challenge to help us raise funds for our services”.


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