Shelter CEO praises charities that rescued her following climbing accident

The chief executive of Shelter, Polly Neate, has praised the charities that rescued her following a climbing accident in Dorset.

Neate was climbing in Dorset when she was injured with a broken ankle and left “clinging” to a cliff, near Swanage.

Hugh Thornbery, chair of the charity Become and climbing instructor, who was with her on the trip, “saved my life”, she said.

She also thanked Swanage Life Boat and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who were involved in her rescue, that also involved Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

“I was so excited about my climbing weekend in Dorset. And it was exciting I guess…90 minutes clinging to a cliff with an open fracture,” she said.

Neate was then taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she is recovering from her ordeal, which she has revealed via her social media accounts.

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