Big charity abseil, Tyne Bridge, Sunday 8 June

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With the weather turning out to be a scorcher, the Tyne Bridge – the iconic landmark joining Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Gateshead – was the scene of a mass abseil in aid of charity on Sunday 8 June.


Among dozens taking the challenge of an 84-ft deep climb down the the ramparts was a team led by ME recoverer Kerri Simpson (pictured second from left), which raised money for  The ME Association and other charities.

Kerri, who last year celebrated her improvement in health by getting her first book published, was supported by her mother Yvonne Edwards, her sister Lyndsey Groves, auntie Karen Surtees and two friends, Sarah Walsh and Julie Broley.

The abseil – organised by Sheffield-based Adventure Challenge Events – began at 12 noon. A similar event last year attracted 144 participants who together raised about £20,000 for their favourite charities.

Kerri, who writes under the name of Holly A Harvey, is the proud author of a fast-moving "chick-lit" novel called ‘Karma’, which is available from Amazon UK priced at £8.54.

It is described as "a light-hearted, comical story about Paige, a 28 year-old northern woman whose life revolves around sleep, caffeine and VH-1 rather than sex, drugs and rock n roll. She has money problems to rival the national debt, and more people walking over her than a Welcome mat and the requisite ex-boyfriend from hell."

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