A PLUCKY 10-year-old girl has braved the dizzy heights of England’s largest waterfall to raise money for charity.
Emma Lewington, from Torrington, abseiled down Canonteign Falls on Dartmoor to raise cash for Children’s Hospice South West.
The youngster said she felt “awesome” after finishing last month’s 220ft abseil.
Karen, Emma’s mother, also took part in the charity event, organised by the hospice.
Emma, a pupil at Great Torrington Junior School, said: “As I sat waiting to go I felt nervous but really excited.
“The man who was getting me ready helped with the nerves by telling me jokes.
“As I went over the edge it felt fantastic. I just felt really free. I found it hard going as the water was so forceful.
“When I got to the bottom I felt awesome and I wanted to do it again. My mum came down a little bit later. I felt a little scared watching her and I then realised just how far I had come down myself.”
Karen said she was proud of her daughter for taking part in the challenge. She said: “It was quite a trek up to the top of the waterfall.
“Emma really wanted to be the first out of our group to go down. So she rushed up the path leaving me and most of the others behind. I got to the waiting platform to find Emma all roped up and just waiting to be able to go.”
Karen said she was nervous when her daughter started the descent.
“This was made worse by the fact that once she had started I couldn’t see her until she reached the bottom.
“It seemed to take an age for her to get down, then I knew it would soon be my turn.
“Emma’s dad, Matt, and some friends were waiting at the bottom. They said it was hard to watch as she did get battered around by the force of the water from the waterfall.” Karen said Emma had always been interested in the work the hospice did. She attended an open day to look around the sensory room.
Karen said: “I am sure she will continue with her efforts. They get more extreme with each event. I dread to think what she will do next time.”
Marie Tippet thanks Emma Lewington for fundraising efforts
MARIE Tippet from Children’s Hospice South West said the team was grateful for Emma’s fundraising efforts. (corr)
Marie said: “It is incredible what Emma has achieved with her abseil.
“We were amazed by the courage she showed for a 10-year-old.
“It is a long way down through some very fast waters and she and all our other supporters were very courageous.
“We are proud to have such brave volunteers who took part in this nerve wracking challenge.
“We are also grateful to our abseil instructors who ensured Emma and the team of abseilers managed to enjoy their experience and stay safe.”