Fearless 83-year-old abseiling enthusiast dropping down 85ft cliff for charity

EXTREME CHALLENGE: Poole Hospital volunteer Margaret Fouracre

EXTREME CHALLENGE: Poole Hospital volunteer Margaret Fouracre

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AN 83-year-old abseiling enthusiast from Poole will be dropping down an 85ft high cliff next month for Poole Hospital Charity.

Margaret Fouracre, who volunteers at the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, says that is just the latest abseiling event she has done in the eight decades of her life so far.

The adventurous OAP will be completing the Poole Hospital Charity Extreme Coastal Abseil challenge on Saturday, April 26, at Portland, but says that her scariest challenge was taking on the Poole Water Tower.

Margaret said that she last did an abseil 10 years ago, which saw her put on the harness and make sure she was secured to the ropes, before taking on the task facing downwards.

She added: “I’ve always been a bit adventurous, I suppose, and I don’t really mind heights.

“I read a leaflet written by Poole Hospital Charity, which listed the challenges that you could take part in, and I saw the word ‘Abseil’ and thought that I could do that.”

Gwen Trevett, fundraising assistant for the charity, said: “Margaret was quite put out when she discovered that there was a 75-year-old cap on participants for the event.

“However, having discussed Margaret as an individual case with the abseiling instructors, they agreed that she was good to go.”

Places are still available for the challenge on April 26 and no experience is necessary, just a desire to fundraise for the good cause.

For more information and to sponsor Margaret, go to Justgiving.com/Margaret-fouracre or contact Poole Hospital Charity on 01202 448449 or email Fundraising@ poole.nhs.uk

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7:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

dj2761 says...

Not exactly an enthusiast with one abseil under her belt. But good effort any way and good luck.
Not exactly an enthusiast with one abseil under her belt. But good effort any way and good luck. dj2761
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12:06am Fri 14 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up.

Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling.

Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country.
Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up. Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling. Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country. ashleycross
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

live-and-let-live says...

ashleycross wrote:
Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up.

Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling.

Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country.
so its ok for a young person to abseil and break a leg or two but not an older person? what has age got to do with it?
should she be stashed away in a urine soaked bed in one of our so called care homes?
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up. Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling. Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country.[/p][/quote]so its ok for a young person to abseil and break a leg or two but not an older person? what has age got to do with it? should she be stashed away in a urine soaked bed in one of our so called care homes? live-and-let-live
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5:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

dj2761 says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up.

Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling.

Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country.
so its ok for a young person to abseil and break a leg or two but not an older person? what has age got to do with it?
should she be stashed away in a urine soaked bed in one of our so called care homes?
Let's be honest an older person of that age is far more likely to suffer some kind of a medical problem than a young fit healthy person, not to mention the older you get, the more brittle your bones become, making fractures and breaks a lot more common in older age. So in answer to your question, she more likely to end up in A&E due to her age than someone much younger.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Will the hospital be asking her to sign a disclaimer waiving her patient confidentiality if she is injured.? It would allow the surgeons to explain to other patients why their operations had to be cancelled if they have to drop everything to patch her up. Believe me. if the companies that run these charity events (and they are big money) had to pay insurance premiums for injuries suffered they wouldn't exist let alone OK it for an 85 year old woman to go abseiling. Ridiculous, and just shows how ignorant most people are of the cost of the NHS care given out for free in this country.[/p][/quote]so its ok for a young person to abseil and break a leg or two but not an older person? what has age got to do with it? should she be stashed away in a urine soaked bed in one of our so called care homes?[/p][/quote]Let's be honest an older person of that age is far more likely to suffer some kind of a medical problem than a young fit healthy person, not to mention the older you get, the more brittle your bones become, making fractures and breaks a lot more common in older age. So in answer to your question, she more likely to end up in A&E due to her age than someone much younger. dj2761
  • Score: 1

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