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Woman, 96, abseils with DJ Chris Evans in Portsmouth

Doris Long
Doris Long said she would carry on abseiling until she was 100

A 96-year-old woman has abseiled down a 21-storey building in Portsmouth with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans in a bid to raise money and set a new world record.

Doris Long descended 200ft down Millgate House, by the city's Historic Dockyard, in aid of The Rowans Hospice charity.

It was her 16th abseil and she pledged to carry on the sport until she is 100.

Evans said: "She looked after me all the way down, because half way down I got the 'colly-wobbles'."

Ms Long hopes to set a new Guinness World Record for the oldest person to abseil.

She holds the current record, which she set in 2009 when she was 95.

It was the first time breakfast show host Evans had abseiled.

Doris Long and Chris Evans abseiling together
Chris Evans said Ms Long helped him when he got the "colly-wobbles"

Another 150 people also took part to raise money for the hospice.

Ms Long said: "It was fine. Very exhilarating because it was so very, very windy.

"It kept coming in gusts and blowing us to one side - once, we bumped in together, Chris and I.

"The gusts blew me several times across people's windows. Good job nobody was in there having a bath."

Evans said she was "unbelievable".

"She was side by side with me, thank heaven," he said.

"I got tired, so I had a little rest and that's the worst thing you can do - stop.

"And so she said, 'don't worry Chris, I'll wait for you'."



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