Ab­seil is one big joke for 84-year-old Eve­lyn

Fam­ily come to­gether in mem­ory of Richard would have turned 21 this year

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

It started off as a joke, but not even two arthritic knees could pre­vent 84-year-old Eve­lyn Beaver from suc­cess­fully ab­seil­ing at Talling­ton Lakes last Sun­day in mem­ory of her grand­son who would have turned 21 this year.

Eve­lyn, of Black­mead, Or­ton Mal­borne, climbed down the 50 foot wall in one minute 25 sec­onds, even though she could not do it back­wards as it is meant to be done.

She said: “I was the first one and I could not get my legs down where they should be so I went down side­ways, but I did it.

“The hard­est part was go­ing up. There were lad­ders you have to climb.

“It was a bit nerve-rack­ing - I’ve never done any­thing like that be­fore.

“It’s quite daunt­ing but I did it and re­ally en­joyed it. I could not have wished for it to be any bet­ter. It was ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

The whole day was a real fam­ily oc­ca­sion, with Eve­lyn joined by daugh­ters Sylvia Beaver and Teresa Shaw and grand­son Gra­ham Shaw for the ab­seil­ing.

Hus­band Gra­ham was also present - with the cou­ple cel­e­brat­ing their 62nd an­niver­sary - as was daugh­ter Su­san Cole, grand­daugh­ters Han­nah and Jen­nifer and grand­son Jonathon who turned 26 on the day was able to ride in an open top car.

Sylvia is an ex­pe­ri­enced climber, and Eve­lyn said: “She did it three times be­cause she was so quick the first two times they could not get her on cam­era.”

The event was put on more than six years af­ter the death of Eve­lyn’s 14-year-old grand­son Richard Shaw who passed away from sud­den ar­rhyth­mic death syn­drome -a heart con­di­tion - af­ter fall­ing ill fol­low­ing a foot­ball match.

Money from the ab­seil­ing, and two fu­ture 5km runs, will go to the char­ity SADS and the Evelina Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don where Richard died.

Eve­lyn said: “It’s very trau­matic. You do not get over those sorts of things. You have to learn to live with them.”

So far the fam­ily has raised £800 this year, she added, with the idea of an ab­seil com­ing out of the blue. “It started off as a joke. I said to them ‘I will do an ab­seil’. They said I was mad,” said Eve­lyn.

“If there’s an­other chal­lenge and I think I can do it I will. We need to raise a lot of money.”

Richard’s mother Teresa, of En­gaine, Or­ton Longueville, does not like heights, so ab­seil­ing helped her to con­quer her fears. “I held on to the bar for dear life,” she said.

“I did not ex­pect mum to do it. She was quite calm about it and I shook like a leaf. I was quite chuffed mum got to do it.”

The fam­ily is now plan­ning to hold tombo­las to raise more money. Any­one who is will­ing to help can call 01733 371164 or 047809127677. To do­nate to the two char­i­ties, visit: https://www.just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/teresa-shaw2.

‘They said I was mad’

Eve­lyn Beaver

Eve­lyn Beaver ab­seil­ing at Talling­ton Lakes


From top: Eve­lyn and fam­ily; Eve­lyn be­fore her ab­seil; Han­nah and Jen­nifer Pow­ell with Jonathan Beaver

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