Fund-raiser Bill Honeywell reckons he is reaching the height of madness for his latest stunt – abseiling 200 feet from the top of “The Big One” rollercoaster at Blackpool.
Clitheroe estate agent Bill, a cancer survivor, is raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity - formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, with the hair-raising descent on Monday, June 3rd.
His previous efforts have included walking all 214 Wainwright hills in 55 days and cycling 4,500 miles around the coast of Britain in 10 weeks.
He said: “If anyone doubted my sanity then, I would have reassured them that I was perfectly compos mentis. But now I am beginning to doubt my own sanity.
“I’ve signed up to abseil from the top of the ‘Big One.’ That’s a ‘free’ abseil - dangling in the middle of nowhere from over 200 ft!”
Bill has a special interest in fund-raising for injured service personnel. His wife Val’s nephew is Sgt Rick Clement, from Chatburn, who lost both legs after stepping on a booby-trap bomb in Afghanistan three years ago.
Bill said: “Once again I am asking friends, colleagues, and everyone else I know if they will kindly make a small donation to a good cause, in exchange for me doing something which is probably not advisable at my age. I’ve pledged to raise at least £500.”
Donations can be made on his www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell-TheBigOne
Bill added: “You can also leave a comment, and perhaps recommend a psychiatrist.”