A BEAUTY queen tested her limits when she abseiled off one of Swindon’s tallest buildings in aid of Prospect Hospice.
Hannah Golding, who has held the crown of Miss Swindon and England’s Perfect Miss, showed her support for the local charity when she faced her fears and leapt off Jurys Inn Hotel, in Fleming Way, in her ballgown.
The 24-year-old, who missed out on winning Miss Wiltshire earlier this year, said of the drop : “I am really scared of heights but I always thought you should do something you’re absolutely petrified about because then you can raise more money for a good cause.
“I just think people shouldn’t be afraid and they should give it a go next year. It’s for a really good cause, Prospect do an amazing job.”
Hannah was one of 66 daredevils facing their fears to raise money for the Wroughton-based hospice by abseiling down the 130ft wall.
Last year, adrenaline junkies raised £14,000 through the event. Among this year’s contenders was a team from Serco, led by 26-year-old Danielle MacDivitt, sister-in-law of Natasha MacDivitt, who lost her battle with cancer at the end of May.
Danni said: “It was exhilarating, I was a little bit frightened.
“We just wanted to do something in memory of Natasha and this was the thing that was closest.”
Laura Carter,27, was also part of the seven-man team. She said: “I’m okay, I felt a little like I was going to do a somersault but it was okay.
“The worst thing is just going over the edge, once you’re over the edge it’s not so bad. What we’re doing is just a fraction of what they’re going through, so it’s a worthwhile cause.”
The event, which this year welcomed brave fundraisers aged 11 to 81, is run by Prospect Hospice and is now in its third year. Mela Durston, challenge event fundraiser for Prospect Hospice, said: “We were looking for different challenges for people to face their fears and we came up with abseiling. We’re trying to find a higher venue for next year.”
Hannah, whose uncle passed away while staying at Prospect Hospice, decided to take the plunge in her black ballgown.
“We get to wear such beautiful gowns and we wanted to do something a bit different for charity so we thought we’d wear our ballgowns,” she said.
Hannah’s next appearance will be at the Swindon Pride Parade on August 10, where she will wear her rainbow dress.
Visit Hannah’s web page at http://tinyurl.com/oplryth or, to contact her about sponsorship, call 07940 227592.
For more information on Prospect Hospice log on to www.prospect-hospice.net