Group take on zip wire for hospice

The group took on a zip wire in North Wales
The group took on a zip wire in North Wales

A group of high fliers took on a mile-long zip wire to raise money for a hospice.

The group of 20 people from St Helens and Knowsley took on the Big Zipper which stretched across a mountain quarry and lake in North Wales in aid of Willowbrook Hospice.

Taking to the skies above the moors, mountains and mines of Snowdonia, the gallant group sped along the zip wire, which claims to be the fastest in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100mph.

For Gerry Payne, riding the wire was a chance to overcome his fears as well as raising money to support Willowbrook.

He said: “Having suffered from vertigo, this seemed like an ideal opportunity to try to beat my fear of heights. As soon as I heard about the Zipwire, I signed up on the spot as did a number of my family and friends.”

“Although I was initially a bit daunted, when it came to riding the ‘Zipper’, it was a great experience and I actually really enjoyed it! More than anything, I’m happy that I’ve helped to do my bit to raise money for the hospice.

“I’ve had a lot of dealings with Willowbrook over the years and help out whenever I can. I have witnessed the immense professionalism and dedication that the staff and volunteers bring to their work at the hospice.

“As much as they do, there is still a huge financial cost to running Willowbrook. This year it will cost in the regional of £4,000,000 to cover their expenses, so every penny really does count.”

Mark Pilkington, Challenges Fundraiser at Willowbrook Hospice said: “We’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone for generously giving up their time to take part in what was a fantastic event.

“It was a great way of raising money for Willowbrook. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the experience and it was all the more worthwhile knowing they had helped to raise a significant sum for the hospice.”