Man with fear of heights to take part in charity abseil

Basingstoke Gazette: Jules Cavalier is ready for a big challenge Jules Cavalier is ready for a big challenge

A MAN so afraid of heights that he had to lie down during a trip on the London Eye, is set to abseil 350 feet down the Spinnaker Tower.

Jules Cavalier will attempt to conquer his fear of heights to help The Stroke Association.

Jules, an emergency care practitioner based at Basingstoke ambulance station, in Aldermaston Road, specialises in treating people who have had strokes.

He has also been personally affected by the serious medical condition – his mother was left blind by a stroke four years ago and passed away a year later.

Looking forward to his daredevil feat, Jules said: “I am going to be terrified. When my sister took me up in the London Eye, I couldn’t even look out of the window – I had to lie down the whole way round. I was physically green.

“But the people that I treat who have suffered strokes are scared, and they are scared of something which is life-threatening.

“You can’t compare my fear to theirs, and it will be those people I’ll be thinking of as I go over the top. It will still be scary though.”

The 41-year-old, who lives in Winchester, will abseil down the Portsmouth landmark on the morning of March 15.

He has already smashed his fundraising target of £800, and now hopes to raise a total of £1,000.

He said: “That money would mean The Stroke Association could help 25 people. They do an incredible amount of good work with patients and so much important research.”

The charity is appealing for more daredevils to come forward to take part in the Spinnaker abseil in March.

Shannon Walsh, fundraiser at The Stroke Association, said: “We’re calling on adrenaline junkies across Hampshire to scale Portsmouth’s most famous landmark during the last three weekends in March.

“No experience is necessary and everyone taking part will receive abseil training before enjoying an incredible view of the coast.”

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/julian-cavalier. To register, or for more information about taking part in an abseil, email spinnakershocks@stroke.org.uk.

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