The Mayor of Southwark and the Pearly Queen of Rotherhithe will take part in a charity abseil this Saturday in aid of Guy’s Hospital’s new cancer centre.
Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle and Michelle Thorpe will perform the hair-raising stunt down the side of King’s College Hospital at 1pm – dressed in full mayoral and pearly regalia.
Cllr Dixon Fyle told the News: “I’m a bit scared but looking forward to it. It’s a good way to lose weight, I can tell you that! Every time I think ‘should I have this cake’, I just remember the abseil and hope it will hold my weight. I’ve been training at the Salmon Centre and they’ve assured me that it’s all mind over matter. That’s fair enough, but once you get to the top it’s easy to freeze – you’re 100 feet up!”
Michelle will be doing the stunt dressed in her pearly suit, something she believes has never been done before.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m delighted to be supporting Dora and help out in her year of fundraising for cancer. It’s close to my heart, I’ve lost family members and everyone knows someone who has been affected.”
Dora agreed: “It is an illness that robs people, just look at Barry Albin-Dyer. It affects everybody: children, old people, black and white. I want to use my year to help people come together and help eradicate the disease. The day when cancer is cured will come, and if I can hasten that day in any way then it will be worth it.”
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