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99-year-old woman celebrates birthday by abseiling down building

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A 99-year-old woman has celebrated her birthday by abseiling down an 11-storey tower block.

Doris Long, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, is now on record as the oldest person ever to abseil.



It is the 13th major abseil that Long has completed since turning 85 years old.

Raising money for Rowans Hospice, she scaled down Portsmouth University's 110ft (35m) Mercantile House to break her own record.

After the abseil, Long told The Portsmouth News: "It felt great, I certainly don't feel 99. I feel more about 60.

"The weather was good this time, it wasn't windy so I didn't swing around like a pendulum up there."

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