Heavenly descent

Thrillseekers take on 50ft charity abseil in Feniton.

Thrillseekers descended on Feniton to take on a high-flying challenge to raise money for disadvantaged people in Melanesia.

It was a day out for all the family as both young and old took on the challenge of the 50ft abseil down the tower of St Andrew’s Church on Saturday.

The event, in aid of the Melanesian Mission and other local charities, including Hospiscare, Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Feniton Primary School, St Andrew’s Church and the village playing fields, was organised by Feniton Church of England Primary School.

There was also a teddy zipwire for the younger children to enjoy and hard working volunteers served up teas and coffees as well as a selection of homemade cakes.

Nine-year-old Lara Drew was the first to take on the abseiling challenging. She said: “It was very scary.

“I am really happy that I’ve done it.

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“I would do it again.”

Special guest Principal Bernard Quanaifia, the headteacher of the Norman Palmer School in the Solomon Islands, who has been on a visit to Devon, said he was amazed by the turnout.

He was also on hand to present certificates to participants.

It is not yet known how much money was raised during the event but around 55 people signed up to take part in the abseil.