60-year-old Kathy Simper - pictured centre with daughters Rebecca (left) and Natasha (right) - has been registered blind since birth, and has been described as an “absolute superstar” after signing up to take on the Lister Abseil to raise funds for Lister Hospital, where her daughter, Natasha Simper, works as deputy divisional director for planned care.

Kathy has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has already completed the London and Brighton marathons.

“I like to give things a try and show that being blind isn’t a barrier to taking on exciting challenges like running a marathon or doing an abseil down a hospital tower block,” she said.

“I also want to support the NHS and help raise funds for the Lister Hospital, where my daughter, Natasha, works. Natasha’s dad, who is also registered blind, has recently retired from a senior leadership role in the NHS and my daughter, Rebecca, works as an NHS healthcare assistant – so you could say we are an NHS family!”

 Kathy’s daughter Natasha added: “We are incredibly proud of our mum. She is an inspiration to us all with her positive attitude and willingness to give anything a go.

“She’s not only taking on this epic challenge of abseiling down the 11-storey Lister tower, but she’s doing it to support me, my hospital and the NHS. She’s an absolute superstar!”

You can support Kathy by visiting www.justgiving.com/kathysabseilforlister and sign up to do the Lister Abseil yourself at www.enhhcharity.org.uk/abseil.