HALTWHISTLE grandmother Eileen Roe is preparing to take part in a 40m abseil to raise money for Macmillan.

The charity is close to Eileen’s heart, after they supported her husband John through a short battle with cancer in 2014.

Eileen raised £500 for the charity by selling John’s poetry book last year, but is now going one step further.

She said: “My daughter, Jan, bought me an abseil experience at Cathedral Quarry near Ambleside for my 77th birthday and set up a JustGiving page called ‘Super Nan abseil’.

“The target is £500, but I think we can get more.

“I’m quite excited for it.

“I’m causing quite a stir because of my age, but that doesn’t matter. I’m fit and I’m looking forward to it.

“Macmillan are absolutely wonderful; they do an amazing job.”

Eileen can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/supernan-eileen