Northampton woman beats fear of heights and raises cash

Partially sighted  Emma Richardson during  her sponsored abseil which raised over �1,300 for the county based charity.

Partially sighted Emma Richardson during her sponsored abseil which raised over �1,300 for the county based charity.

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A partially sighted woman from Northampton has overcome her fear of heights to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Sight loss charity Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB) has thanked one of their members, Emma Richardson, for undertaking a sponsored abseil, raising over £1,300 for the county based charity.

Cheered on by family members and friends, Emma, 38 took to the top of the National Lift Tower to descend the 418 feet (127m).

Stefanie Weldon, Marketing Manager for NAB said: “For many, the prospect of abseiling from such a tall and well-known landmark is scary enough,

but it was even harder for her as she is registered partially sighted and getting up the stairs to the top of the tower was a challenge in itself.

“She was amazing and we are so grateful for the funds she has raised.”

Emma said:“The entire experience was amazing,

“I never thought I’d be able to do it as I’m terrified of heights but I’m proof that anything is possible.

“I was a little petrified beforehand, but as soon as I was harnessed up and assisted over the edge, it was great. ”

Emma decided in February of this year that she wanted to give something back to the charity that has helped her come to terms with her sight loss and given her the confidence to learn new skills and make new friends.

Emma added: “NAB has helped me so much – they really have changed my life”.