AS Sue Barke dangled over the top of Derby Cathedral, she wondered what she had let herself in for.
With a life-long fear of heights, she was about to abseil down the 212-foot tower of the historic church, and attempt to land safely on the ground.
The fact it was all in the name of a good cause – and that she was determined to tackle her phobia – was all that got her through.
“It was nerve wrecking they kept me hanging over the edge for what seemed like hours whilst they talked me through everything and checked my ropes.
“Once I had actually gone over the edge and started my decent I enjoyed the experience, although to be fair I did not look down.
“I feel I may have now conquered my fear I feel I may have now conquered my fear of heights,” she told the Mail.
Mrs Barke, who was taking part on behalf of Burton Rotary Club, said she did not pause to look at the stunning views which could be seen from the tower as she descended, preferring to get the ordeal over and done with as soon as possible.
Her efforts managed to raise £530 for the Derby Mountain Rescue Team, which works around the county.
She also managed to get together some sponsorship from fellow rotarians who dared her to don Lycra for the descent. She has promised to donate that proportion of the money to Rotary charities.
Mrs Barke, who runs Murray’s Funeral Directors with her family, is now on the hunt for her next challenge. “Watch this space,” she said.