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Video shows Gosport MP scale Spinnaker for charity

A Gosport MP has abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for the MS Society.

MP Caroline Dinenage also took on the Tower with her husband MP Mark Lancaster on Saturday 24th May.

Caroline abseiled to raise money for her local constituencies in Gosport and the MS Society- a week after her dad abseiled the tower with 100-year-old Doris.

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Man in sumo suit knocked out bouncing off colleague

A man wearing an inflatable sumo wrestler suit knocked himself out after bouncing off a work colleague during horseplay.

The 40-year-old, from Southampton, had been at an event in Gloucestershire with workmates when the accident happened at 6pm yesterday, West Midlands Ambulance Service said

Medics said the man had donned the blow-up sumo suit at Kemerton Park, near Tewkesbury.

The man was wearing a sumo suit like these ones. Credit: PA

An ambulance service spokesman said: "On arrival, ambulance staff were told the man had launched himself at a colleague, but when he bounced off he fell backwards and landed on his back and head.

"The man was knocked unconscious for a short period before coming round but he was not fully alert.

"He was complaining of pain in his nose, left shoulder and left leg."

He was immobilised and airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

They did it! Fred and Doris back down to earth

Still smiling- Fred and Doris wave to the crowds

What a day to remember! Doris Long celebrated her 100th birthday by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower, along with her personal assistant Fred Dinenage.

She's now a world record holder.

You can see the full drama on Meridian Tonight at 6.20pm, but here's a flavour of how it all unfolded.

BEFORE: Doris is unfazed, Fred tries to put on a brave face
The first bit's the worst- Fred goes over the edge
Look no hands! Doris shows off
On her way- Doris takes it all in her stride
Relief- back on firm soil
Many Happy Returns- 100 years young

One hour to go before Fred's Spinnaker ordeal...

Fred's still smiling- so far.....

There's just an hour to go before our very own Fred Dinenage joins birthday girl Doris Long to abseil down Portsmouth's Spinnaker tower.

He's currently having his headcam fitted and psyching himself up for the 500ft challenge.

Doris, who's 100 today, is taking it all in her stride.

It's a long way up- and down...

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Fred Dinenage joins World's Oldest Abseiler for challenge at Spinnaker Tower

100 year-old Doris Long will abseil down Spinnaker Tower with Fred Dineage Credit: ITV NEWS

ITV News Meridian presenter, Fred Dinenage is preparing to join 100 year-old Doris Long for an abseil down Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth today.

Doris and Fred are preparing to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower Credit: ITV NEWS

Doris is the World Oldest Abseiler but also a great, great-grandmother. She was born in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War 1. Her abseil is raising money for The Rowans Hospice which has helped more than 7,000 patients and their families across Portsmouth and south Hampshire.

The challenge takes place at 1pm at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Doris and Fred prepare for their abseiling challenge

Doris and Fred are preparing to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower Credit: ITV NEWS

It's looking like its going to be a sunny day tomorrow as ITV News Meridian presenter, Fred Dinenage joins 100 year-old Doris Long for an abseil down Spinnaker Tower.

Doris is the World Oldest Abseiler but also a great, great-grandmother. She was born in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War 1. Her abseil is raising money for The Rowans Hospice which has helped more than 7,000 patients and their families across Portsmouth and south Hampshire.

Doris's latest charity challenge takes place tomorrow at 1pm at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Celebrating her 100th birthday with a record breaking abseil

Doris Long, 100 years old on Sunday, with her 'toy boy' assistant Fred Dinenage Credit: Robin Britton

Doris Long, Hampshire's fearless centenarian, celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday and confirms her status as the World Oldest Abseiler with a record breaking descent in Portsmouth - with ITV News Meridian presenter, Fred Dinenage.

Daring Doris is a great, great-grandmother and was born in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War 1. She is raising money for The Rowans Hospice which has helped more than 7,000 patients and their families across Portsmouth and south Hampshire.

Doris's latest charity challenge takes place on Sunday 18th May at 1pm at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. She will be joined 'on line' by Fred Dinenage who previously abseiled down a tower block with Doris on a previous fundraising bid.

Fred 'very nervous' Dinenage, Doris 'Daring' Long and Stacey Poole in the ITV News Meridian studios Credit: Sarah Cooper

Fred Dinenage is rather nervous about his latest dare-devil challenge with Doris - "I actually have a fear of heights and the thought of dangling 500ft above Portsmouth at my age, has kept me away for a week. I'll be being nervous for both of us while the amazing Doris won't break a sweat."

If you want to contribute to Doris' fund raising appeal you can do so via this Just Giving link here. We will have a full report on the record breaking attempt on Sunday on ITV.

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