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The World’s Oldest Abseiler

The remarkable woman who abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower at the age of 101 has now broken another record as she becomes Rowans Hospice’s oldest patient at 104.

Doris Long MBE has devoted her life to fundraising for causes close to her heart, completing 11 abseils and raising more than £15,500 for the Rowans Hospice.

Doris now holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to abseil after completing the challenge at the Spinnaker Tower in 2015 at the age of 101.

Doris is now 104, and has become the charity’s oldest-ever patient after being admitted to the hospice in Waterlooville a few weeks ago.

Rowans have recently launched its £7.5m Silver Jubilee Appeal to completely transform the hospice and the care it provides, and the renovation would make such an impact for residents like Doris.

Speaking of her decision to support Rowans Hospice from the age of 89, Doris said: ‘I knew of the Rowans’ importance to the local community, and I thought I’d better start raising money for people…’

Rowans spokeswoman Theresa Bailey said: ‘You don’t have to be as daring as Doris, but if everyone in the community pledges to do one thing to raise money, whether that is to text a donation, host a Silver Jubilee-themed party or run a marathon, the £7.5m we need to build our future hospice can be achieved.’

To find out more, visit You can also see the latest stories about the Rowans Silver Jubilee Appeal at, then and click on ‘Rowans Hospice’.

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