Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Tina Combellack is taking on a thrilling abseil challenge this Sunday (May 14) as a thank you to an air ambulance service and other organisations whose heroics saved her in her time of need.
She was left with serious injuries and six broken ribs after a horse she was riding suddenly threw her from the saddle, leaving her in immense pain.
The incident in 2003 has left her forever grateful to Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance for their help when they and colleagues speedily flew her to hospital for treatment to recover from the ordeal.
Now she is abseiling down the Kings Mill Viaduct in Mansfield at 2pm on the day to show her support and raise awareness for the service and her other chosen organisation, the Grantham Canal Water Restoration Group, which works to preserve and protect the local waterway.
Anyone can help support the campaign by visiting the Mayor’s JustGiving page:
Families and individuals are welcome to attend the event as part of a wider day out to enjoy the site’s beautiful reservoir and local nature.
The Mayor said: “I can’t tell how indebted I am to the Air Ambulance, I will be forever grateful for the essential service they provide, as without them I could have been in a great deal more danger.
“I have made it my mission as Mayor to help give back to the service that came to my rescue by taking on this daunting abseil challenge!
“I will be descending the over 40-foot viaduct held only by a rope but in the safe hands of the team at the Mill Adventure Base.
“I hope to raise £5,000 for both organisations to support their life-saving emergency medical service and work to protect our beloved waterway respectively.
“Please support me in this challenge for these wonderful causes.”