Alysson (10) abseils from university tower building

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A PLUCKY mother and daughter team have overcome the odds to complete a daring challenge that has helped raise thousands for charity.

Ten-year-old Alysson Ross and her mum Vikki Wilson abseiled 140 feet down the side of Dundee University Tower as part of the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge.

Not only is Alysson, a P5 pupil at Dunbog Primary School, the youngest person ever to abseil from the tower, but the achievement was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Vikki (39) is herself battling cancer - and the pair were involved in a car crash just three days earlier.

Their determination earned high praise from their fellow participants and Vikki was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the organisers while Alysson was given a gift voucher.

“Vikki and Alysson were fantastic on the day and despite the car accident they were involved in earlier in the week, they kept their word, showed up and completed the challenge wonderfully,” said Petra McMillan of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“It was an immense challenge for Alysson in particular.

“I believe she is the youngest ever person to abseil off the tower, as the age limit is normally 16, but as she’s an accomplished climber already she was allowed to take part.

“They managed to raise more than £400, which is fantastic, and altogether we expect to raise around £15,000, which translates into more than 700 hours of free nursing care for the terminally ill at home.

“Last year Marie Curie cared for 16,000 throughout the UK and they aim to double nursing provision nationally by 2014,” continued Petra.

“None of this would be possible without the help of people like Vikki and Alysson who, despite their own situation, decided to take on such an adventurous challenge in aid of others.”

A total of 65 people took part in the weekend’s abseil, and all the money raised will be spent locally. Donations can be made at