IT was all downhill for dozens of fundraisers who were roped into a charity abseil for a Herefordshire hospice.

The 57 intrepid volunteers scaled the exterior walls of Hereford's Old Market shopping centre last Saturday in the hope of raising a total of up to £10,000 for Bartestree-based St Michael's Hospice.

Hundreds of family members, friends and shoppers stood and watched as members of Hereford Kayak and Canoe briefed each fundraiser before encouraging them to take the nerve-wracking first step over the edge.

All 57 abseilers completed the event without a problem.

This was the first-ever abseil from Hereford’s Old Market, although the hospice says more are planned after this particular event sold out in just a few days.

Paddy Nugent, community fundraising manager at St Michael's, said: "We were really impressed with each and every person involved. We had volunteers ranging in age from eight to 80.

"The atmosphere was wonderful and the support from the people of Hereford was once again extremely humbling."

Ali Hartless, the hospice's head cook and one of those taking part, said: "The abseil was one of the best and worst moments of my life.

"I was really nervous before we started but once the instructor had assured me everything was okay, I took the first step. I absolutely loved it. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the day possible - that's one of my life long bucket list activities ticked off."