Photo: taken from Citizen website - see article below about why these two are looking down - one of them from Whiteshill - good luck to them raising some dosh
Lesley Hadden and Rita Cook have set themselves a lofty challenge in tribute to their sons. The pair will abseil down Cheltenham's Eagle Star Tower to raise money for charity. Thoughts of their late sons will be at the forefront of their minds when they take the plunge off the 168ft building on April 19.
Mrs Hadden's son Fraser died suddenly of a heart attack in January, aged 43, and Mrs Cook's son Gary Cook died five years ago, aged 35. Mrs Hadden, 69, said: "Both our sons died young and both lived good lives. My son had two little boys so it's pretty horrendous, but we thought we had to bring out the good."
Mrs Hadden, who has a fear of heights, says she challenges herself to do something every year.
Mrs Hadden and Mrs Cook met when they worked at Sue Ryder Care in the 90s. Mrs Cook, who was a massage therapist at the hospice, came up with the idea of an abseil, which the pair will be doing to raise money for Riding for the Disabled and the Gloucestershire Multiple Sclerosis Information and Therapy Centre.
Mrs Cook, 63, from Whiteshill, Stroud, said: "I hate flying and I don't like heights but you have to push yourself."
Mrs Hadden, who was a nursing auxiliary at Sue Ryder Care, is hoping to raise £500 for the chosen charities. Anyone who would like to sponsor the pair can contact Mrs Hadden on 01242 513 982.