King Kong, the Queen and bank robbers will be among a group of 40 throwing themselves off the tower at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth later this month, all in the name of charity.

An appeal has now gone out from the organisers of the event for spectators to turn up on the day and support those who will be abseiling down the 95ft tower to raise money for Tanya’s Courage Trust, a charity which supports teenagers and young adults in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly both financially & emotionally.

The charity has been a “huge support” to Falmouth teenager Sasha Watson who has been battling cancer for the past 18 months. Her mum, Michelle Bray, has been helping event organiser Alison Appleton, drum up support – both by roping people into the abseil and encouraging a support group to watch.

All those taking part in the abseil, which will take place between 10am and 3pm on August 23, have paid £10 for the privilege and will all be donning fancy dress costumes before going over the edge, with the help of instructors from BF Adventure.

There are only about five places left for anyone wanting to join the 35 who have already signed up, including a 70-year-old woman. The minimum age is 12. As well as paying the entry fee, those taking part will be raising money for the charity through sponsorship.

Anyone wanting to learn more about Dress Up Time Down the Maritime, should simply search for it on Facebook. Spectators are invited to simply turn up on the day to show their support.