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A blind horserider will abseil down an observation tower to help raise money for a disabled riding centre.

Paula Netley will be joined by volunteer Jenny Bridger for the descent which will take place in Brighton on Saturday.

Paula and Jenny will abseil down the British Airways i360, a 531ft observation tower on the seafront with views over Brighton and the English Channel.

They will be doing it in aid of Penniwells Riding Centre for the Disabled, which is based in Elstree.

Times Series: Paula at PenniwellsPaula at Penniwells

Paula, who lives in Hendon, is registered blind and she and Jenny are hoping to raise £15,000 to replace the school’s broken mounting lift.

The lift enables riders to mount safely and is vital because without it, a lot of Penniwells’ riders are unable to mount the horses.

Paula has returned to the saddle and recently received her Para Dressage Grading and hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Penniwells pupil and Tokyo Paralympics-bound Michael Murphy.

Times Series: The observation tower in Brighton. Credit: Brighton ArgusThe observation tower in Brighton. Credit: Brighton Argus

Meanwhile Jenny has recovered from a long period of mental health issues as well as a serious fracture to her lower leg in 2017.

Jenny said: “The support from the Penniwells family has been fantastic and the time spent with the ponies is so therapeutic for me.”

Times Series: Jenny with Tayto the pony Jenny with Tayto the pony



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