Pippa Robinson is hitting the heights to help the elderly.

She is the scheme manager at Lee Court old people's flats in Wellington Street, Thame.

Pippa is preparing to abseil down the tallest block to publicise a campaign to highlight sheltered housing. All the money she raises will go towards facilities for the residents of the 50 flats.

Pippa said: "I wanted to publicise the benefits of sheltered housing and this seemed an eyecatching way of doing it. I have only ever abseiled once and that was on a school trip 20 years ago.

"My friends think I'm mad to do this, but if it helps show elderly people they can live independently in a close community then I am happy to do my best."

Pippa, 30, will take the plunge on May 19.

The flats were built by the former Thame Urban Council and are now owned by South Oxfordshire Housing Association.