Eastbourne pupil,aged 10, abseils down Grand Hotel in Brighton

Arabella's cake sale.
Arabella's cake sale.

A brave schoolgirl abseiled down the side of the Grand Hotel in Brighton to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK.

Arabella Lambeth, who attends Bede’s Preparatory School in Eastbourne, needed to raise £100 in sponsorship to take part in the feat on Sunday June 14.

But instead of asking for money she decided to hold a cake sale, raising an impressive £158.65.

The charity cares for ex-service men and women blinded in action, but also for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age.

A spokesperson for the school said: “In order to do this, the charity has asked participants to raise a minimum of £100.

“Rather than collecting sponsorship, Arabella decided she would rather bake and sell delicious cakes.

“Friends, Alice White and Anita Roberts also contributed cakes and helped with the organisation of the event.

“Right from the start, the whole classroom was packed with people queuing to get a cake and buy some raffle tickets. The event went really well, and the girls managed to raise £158.65 for Blind Veterans UK.”

The charity has three centres in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield that provide residential and respite care plus sports facilities, as well as qualified welfare staff who help blind veterans across the UK to live independently .