NEARLY 20 daredevils – including a Welsh dragon - raised about £2,000 for charity by abseiling down Pembroke Castle's Great Tower on St David’s Day (March 1).

The mayor and mayoress of Pembroke, Councillor Keith Nicholas and his wife, Karen, organised the event.

All of the money raised will go to their chosen charities, the HOPE Multiple Scerosis Centre, Neyland, and Withybush Hospital maternity unit where the money will be used for a cool cot.

Maria Nicholas, a 52-year-old grandmother of 14 from Fishguard, completed the abseil dressed as a Welsh dragon.

“What an absolutely fantastic day we had and the weather held for us,” said Cllr Nicholas.

“We would like to thank the abseilers for their dedication in helping us raise the money for the charities and to all those who were sponsors and supporters.

“We would like to thank Jon Williams and his wife Helena Williams, of Coast 2 Crag, for their help and expertise in guiding all 19 of us crazy people who abseiled on Saturday, they are really first class instructors. Thanks also to Pembroke Castle for allowing us the use of the Great Tower for the abseil.”

Cllr and Mrs Nicholas were joined by deputy mayor and mayoress, Cllr Aaron Carey and his wife, Natalie, Pembroke town councillors and staff, friends and family, and staff from HSBC Pembroke.