A DAREDEVIL duo have raised over £1,000 for charity after abseiling down a 100m tower.

Between the two Romsey men, Rodger Shepherd and Mike Kelly raised £1,400 for Dentaid after completing their journey down Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

Dentaid, based in Totton, provides dental treatment for people in parts of world where dentists are scarce.

The charity focuses on remote areas, encourages children to care for their teeth and provides dental care for the homeless in some parts of the UK.

Rodger, from Winchester Road, said: "We work quite a bit with Dentaid and I did see they were organising some abseiling so I decided to take part.

"I was nervous on the day and I previously had one session on June 29 cancelled because of the strong winds. While I do not like heights, I knew some people who had done it and I thought I would give it a go."

The 68-year-old added: "I did not look down and got on with it, as I had never abseiled before. We were going at a good speed compared to some people going down and I got quite confident.

"There is also another event called The Drop which we could have done and it was only from 25 metres up. There were some people who could not face it."

Mike Kelly, from Nerquis Close, said: "I had been abseiling before down Nelson House in Southampton, but it was nowhere near the size of the Spinnaker Tower.

"It was a good challenge and you do get an adrenaline rush when you have finished. I was a little bit apprehensive because it is a very narrow ledge and I wanted to get it done."

The 78-year-old added: "I took my time and looked around at the beautiful scenery while I went down. It was fun going up there and I went first.

"I certainly would not be against doing something like this again, but it depends how much taller it is."

Rodger and Mike are both members of the Rotary Club of Romsey Test, which will soon be hosting Walk the Test Way on September 29.

Dentaid will have a team who will be raising funds by taking part in the walk.