Seventy-one-year-old woman from Fakenham to abseil 110ft from the roof of St Pancras Station in London
09:55 16 August 2012
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She is a fashionable, well-spoken lady who likes to ‘do lunch’ and has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Di Graham, 71, is also a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, preparing for a 110ft abseil off the roof of St Pancras Station in London.
Mrs Graham, from Fakenham, will do this on September 14 to raise money for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).
Her son, Adam Seaney, 39, is colour sergeant for the Royal Marines who has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq and is due to leave for his third tour of Afghanistan at the end of September.
Mrs Graham will do the abseil with about 30 other fund-raisers from across the country and will wear the same black 1940s dress and red hat she is wearing in this picture.
She said: “This way I will be noticed straight away by the people who come along to support me. I’m hoping my son Adam will be there.
“Adam has organised many abseils at Twickenham for the RMCTF. When I told him I was doing this he wasn’t that surprised, most people who know me know I’m bonkers, but he is very supportive.
“The Royal Marines Band will be performing on the day. Maybe they will play Land of Hope and Glory, but I think it would be more appropriate, from my perspective, for them to play This Wheel’s on Fire from Absolutely Fabulous!”
She added: “I’m inspired by my son and all Marines to do this. They risk everything and I know I will be safe on the day because the Marines are running it. I feel for anyone who has lost loved ones and I know that I will be ready for the adrenaline on the day of my abseil because I feel adrenaline when I worry about Adam every time he is away on duty.”
Mrs Graham was an actress for 40 years, including four years with RSC, and has acted in several countries.
She is now a pilates teacher. She plans to raise £10,000 for the RMCTF and will carry on fund-raising after the abseil.
To sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/Di-Seaney, text LEAP63 £5 to 70070, send a cheque to ‘Di Seaney’s Leap’ to 14 Lichfield Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DF or call her on 01328 851970.
She is using her old surname as it was easier way for her to set up a Just Giving page.