Joanne raises cash for niece’s hospice

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 she is the motivation behind Jo’s decision to take part in the challenge.

She 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 on Hadrian’s Wall’s iconic landscape in the region.

The unique rock climbing and abseiling course has been designed by the outdoor company, which specialises in hosting a wide range of activities.

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

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.”