Aunt raises cash for hospice who care for niece

Joanne Langdown and her niece Amy Wilson Herron.
Joanne Langdown and her niece Amy Wilson Herron.

A caring aunt is preparing to take on a mammoth rock climbing and abseiling challenge to raise money for the hospice that cares for her niece.

Joanne Langdown, from Blyth, has challenged herself to a day of rock climbing and abseiling at Hadrian’s Wall in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

Jo’s niece Amy Wilson Herron, has been a user of the Hospice’s Children’s Service since 2010, and is the motivation behind Jo’s decision to take part in the challenge.

Jo said: “They are fantastic with Amy and I would like to thank them by raising as much money as possible.

“You can always tell when Amy is in a bad mood, but when she goes to St Oswald’s she has a glow about her. She absolutely loves going.

“I’ve never done rock climbing or abseiling before and it’s a bit nerve-wracking, but I enjoy a challenge.

“We’re so grateful to St Oswald’s and want to raise as much as we can, so they can help even more people.”

The hospice has partnered up with Outdoor-Ambition Ltd, to provide a specially planned day of rock climbing and abseiling upon Hadrian’s Wall’s iconic landscape.

The unique rock climbing and abseiling course has been designed by Outdoor-Ambition Ltd, who specialise in hosting a wide range of activities on an international level, such as white water tubing, mountaineering and morocco expeditions.

The adventure starts with an introduction to rock climbing and abseiling, before developing participant skills and becoming progressively more challenging.

The climbs cater for all abilities and embrace different styles, allowing participants to try their hand at everything, from slightly sloping walls to steep corners. Putting all their new skills into action, the day then concludes with a full abseil from the top of the cliff face.

Danielle Callender, fundraising co-ordinator at St Oswald’s added: “We’re delighted that Jo has signed up to the day of abseiling and rock climbing.

“We know everyone will have a great time, all while raising valuable funds towards the £7m we need to receive each year through voluntary giving.

“There are still some places available and anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to sign up.”

For more information about this event and other ways to fundraise for St Oswald’s, call (0191) 246 9123 or visit