Woman to abseil 100ft after losing eight stone

Katie Marks before and after she lost eight stone NNL-140624-161536001
Katie Marks before and after she lost eight stone NNL-140624-161536001

A 30-year-old woman who lost eight stone is abseiling down a Premier League football stadium to raise money for those with cystic fibrosis.

Katie Marks, from Towcester, is gearing herself up for the 100ft charity abseil down the home of Aston Villa Football Club having lost five-and-a-half stone in the last 12 months.

She has dropped from a dress size 26 to a 12 after months of hard work, feels fitter than ever and is ready for the challenge.

She will be driven by the thought of her friend’s daughter Amelia, three, who has cystic fibrosis.

Mrs Marks gathered a group of friends together for the event and they are calling themselves Amelia’s Abseilers. Together, they will complete the bold feat for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Katie is hoping to raise £250.

She said: “I don’t see what I am doing as brave because all the people with cystic fibrosis have to be brave every single day of their lives and have no choice.

“I do have a choice to do this, and if this small thing can help, then I am proud to be a part of it.”

The abseil takes place next Sunday, July 6, when groups will drop down the side of the Holte End Suite of Villa Park in Birmingham.

Mrs Marks said: “Amelia is a beautiful little girl who is my main reason for doing this.

“But I also have friends with children who suffer from cystic fibrosis so I am doing it for all those affected by it.

“I lost eight stone for personal reasons, but this has given me the chance to give something back.” To sponsor Katie, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Katie Marks.