POPPING the question is already enough to get the heart rate up.

But one woman decided to take it further and propose on the British Airways i360 in Brighton before abseiling down it with her future wife.

Lisa Carelse, 53, from Shoreham, met her fiancee, Sally Strinthall, after starting work at the Martlets Hospice in Hove about three years ago.

Sally’s late husband died at the hospice and the two continue to fundraise and work for the charity.

Lisa proposed and the couple then abseiled down the 450ft tower.

She said: “Sally had no idea which was amazing because I told everyone about it.

“I arranged for us to be the last ones so I could propose to her before abseiling down.

“It was funny because she was wondering why we were the last ones and felt bad because our friends were waiting at the bottom.

“So I turned to her and said the reason we are the last ones and why everyone is still down there is because they know what I am about to do.”

Lisa, who works as a clinical nurse specialist for the Martlets, said friends and family sponsored their abseil and managed to raise about £800.

They sang as the newly-engaged couple glided down the i360.

Lisa said the singing was moving because both her and Sally sing in the Martlets choir.

Lisa, originally from South Africa, said: “At first I didn’t think Sally was going to enjoy it.

“When we were waiting for the others to go ahead of us.

“Some were screaming when they went out of the pod and I thought ‘oh my God does she want to do this’?

“But she glided down like a trapeze artist and said she could do it all over again.”

Sally, 63, said: “I had no idea what was happening and I was worried that we were last because I thought everyone waiting for us at the bottom were going to leave.

“But I absolutely loved the abseil.

“It felt like I was walking on air.

“I could do it all over again. I was told not to look down but I definitely did, it was amazing.”

The couple will be getting married in September.

The wedding will tie in with an event to raise money for Lisa’s charity, Love Is All You Need, which she set up ten years ago to help children with AIDS in South Africa.

Imelda Glackin, chief executive of Martlets said: “What a memorable uplifting proposal from Lisa to Sally, who met through their involvement with Martlets. We wish them both every happiness”.