Chris Edwards on his way down Spinnaker Tower. Picture by STEVE PITT.
IN HIS 38 years, Chris Edwards has faced more challenges in life than most — and he has just completed one more, spurred on by the fact his mother has Parkinson’s Disease.
Chris, who has Down’s Syndrome, decided he wanted to raise cash by abseiling down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.
So far he has raised £400 for the charity, Parkinson's UK, and hopes more people will step forward to support his effort.
His father, David, from Pitts Lane, Binstead, said: "A few weeks ago, Chris saw an advert seeking volunteers so, without telling anyone, he sent off the booking forms and informed us of the fait accompli.
"When asked why he wanted to do it he replied: 'I want to make my mum better.’"
He said Chris had always loved fairground rides, which made it surprising to see him nervous before the abseil.
"However, when we talked about it later, Chris said he was more concerned about letting down the people sponsoring him should he not do it, not the height."
Chris went to the tower with his father, mother Bette, friend Ross Backshall, and his cousin Coral Palmer, and met up with a group of his support worker friends.
He was the last to go and bounded down the tower, until his knee gave out and he fell into the tower.
But he recovered and completed the descent.
David said: "When he reached the bottom, there was a huge cheer from the crowd, it must have been heard back on the Isle of Wight."