Couple abseil for MS charity

A DAREDEVIL Portishead couple abseiled down the Avon Gorge to help raise �5,000 for charity.

Nicola and Nicholas Cleeve, who live in Redcliffe Bay, tackled a 90ft drop to raise money for The West of England MS Therapy Centre.

The abseil, which was organised by the charity, saw the couple and other fundraisers trust their lives to a rope no thicker than a thumb, while lowering themselves down the cliff face.

Mrs Cleeve, a teaching assistant at St Peter’s Primary School, said: “Nick and I have a close family friend who has multiple sclerosis (MS) and the disease is now starting to impact his life.

“The abseil looked like great fun and a real opportunity to raise some much-needed money for the centre. It was also quite a challenge, 90 feet is a long way down.”

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The annual abseil raises funds to help the West of England MS Therapy Centre provide treatments, therapies and support to people living with MS and to their families and carers. The centre has recently moved from Nailsea to a purpose-built centre in Bradley Stoke, where it will eventually be able to help twice as many people.

To sponsor Nicola and Nicholas, visit their fundraising page at or to find out more about the centre visit

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