Walsall residents are being called on to take part in a charity abseil down the town's New Art Gallery to help raise money to build and equip a local hospice.

Walsall Hospice said it hoped the event on June 19 would attract people from across the area, both to take part in the abseil and cheer the abseilers on.

The hospice, which is being built as part of the palliative care centre in Goscote, is set to open early next year, but it needs to raise £1.5 million for equipment and initial running costs.

It will be the second time that fundraisers have abseiled down the 30-metre tower in aid of the hospice, which will care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Cheryl Bradburne, head of fundraising at Walsall Hospice, said: "It's a great opportunity to get a bird's eye view of Walsall town centre and raise essential funds for our hospice.

"While the plucky participants will get a t-shirt to show who they are supporting, we are also hoping people will come in fancy dress to add some extra fun to the event.

"So, we need as many people as possible to take part and to cheer on the intrepid abseilers. It promises to be a great day."

It costs £30 to register and participants are asked to try to raise at least £75 in sponsorship. Registration is open until June 7.

No experience is necessary as all those taking part will receive full training beforehand, but parental consent is required for anyone under the age of 16.

For more information on the charity abseil visit www.walsallhospice.org.uk or contact the fundraising team on 01922 423578.

Walsall Hospice is an independent charity working to make sure that Walsall has a hospice of its own. The hospice is now under construction and will provide care for people within Walsall who have life limiting illnesses. It will also provide support for their families and carers.