THERE is just over a week to go until Sue Barke scales Derby Cathedral to abseil down for charity, but the Burton funeral director is trying her hardest not to think about it.
Mrs Barke is scared of heights, and much as she is keen to raise money for the Mountain Rescue Service, she would rather get it over and done with without much thought.
She was reluctantly nominated for the feat by colleagues within Burton Rotary Club following a talk from the Derby Mountain Rescue team, and said that, although she is terrified, she is determined to tackle her fear and complete the 212-foot descent on October 6.
“They thought I wouldn’t go through with it, but I thought ‘I’ll show them’. I’m going to get over my fear factor,” Mrs Barke told the Mail.
But though she might be facing her fears, she still plans to get down the cathedral as soon as possible.
Because of her job with Murray’s Funeral Directors, in York Street, Mrs Barke said she likes to keep fit and healthy, but she is planning to get some training in before the big day next Sunday to make sure she is ready.
It is not the first time in recent weeks she has embarked on such a leap of faith. Whilst holidaying in Costa Rica recently, she took part in a Tarzan leap.
She said: “I was on a high when I was queuing up, but once I got to the top I froze, and the guy behind had to push me. I am definitely going through with this one.”
As well as helping her conquer her fear, Mrs Barke was keen to take part in the event to support Mountain Rescue.
As a keen walker herself, she said she was well aware of the need for the service, and she was interested in the work it does.
Burton Rotary Club supports a wide range of local charities, so Mrs Barke, who has been a member of the group for eight years, said she thought it would be a good cause.
Anyone wanting to sponsor her can pop into Murrays or call 01283 562299.