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Abseiling OAP, 73, is Ambassador of Year
FOR most 73-year-olds, abseiling down a 560ft tower would not be their idea of fun.
But daredevil pensioner Jeanette Collett did just that to support the charity she has been involved with for 25 years.
Now, after her breathtaking plunge down the Spinnaker Tower, she has received an award at the Hearing Dog Awards recognising her hard work and dedication.
Jeanette, from Botley, started volunteering for the South Hampshire branch of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People back in 1988.
She started off as a puppy socialiser with a young dog called Bojo, and has since gone on to work as a fundraiser, puppy fosterer, dog walker and speaker for the charity.
She is also organises fundraising events for the charity, and earlier this year she undertook her most demanding challenge yet, as she abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
The retired special educational needs teacher said: “Abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower at the age of 73 was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had, and I could have done it all over again!
“Now I’m looking to find out what challenge can top it for next time, perhaps a skydive?”
Her efforts were rewarded at the tenth Hearing Dogs awards, where she was awarded the Ambassador of the Year award by celebrity vet Marc Abraham.
Jeanette added: “Being a volunteer for Hearing Dogs is just one of those things that was meant to be. I started off socialising puppies and enjoy the company of the dogs so much. I meet so many interesting people who stop to speak to the dogs I socialise and I also enjoy giving talks about Hearing Dogs in the local community.
“Hearing Dogs is such a brilliant charity, I’m so happy I’ve been able to be involved over so many years, I’ve had so much pleasure from it.
“I particularly appreciate hearing news from deaf people who go on to have hearing dogs whom I initially socialised, and I am still in correspondence with many of them.”
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