Paralympic gold medal-winner Liz Stone was among 43 brave souls who raised more than £11,000 for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Each fund-raiser abseiled about 100ft down Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, in windy conditions on 28 August.

“It was brilliant,” said Liz, who won paradressage individual silver and team gold for Britain at Atlanta in 1996.

“It was scary to start with, but the worst part was the strong wind. I was half wondering if I should change my mind on the way up!

“But I’m most proud that I managed to get to the bottom before my wheelchair.”

A couple of years ago Liz, who was born with spina bifida, skydived for the RDA.

“This was more scary. When you skydive you have an instructor — with abseiling it’s up to you to make the decision to go over the edge,” she said.

RDA chairman Sam Orde, who was last to go, said: “It was great overlooking the sea, even though it was so windy that I was blown away from the castle twice. I am delighted with the money raised.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (8 September, 2011)