IS IT a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an Advertizer reporter flying over the slate caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog at 100mph!
Joined by a team of daring fundraisers our very own head of news, Emily Davies, stepped up as part of the Hope House Children’s Hospice fundraiser day at Zip World Velocity last Sunday and took on Europe’s longest zipwire and the fastest in the world.
But it wasn’t easy.
“I was definitely ready to back out as we got harnessed in for the first zipwire – the Little Zipper,” said Emily, who also roped in her partner Chris Lloyd for the challenge.
“Heights don’t scare me, but I have a massive fear of falling and heading head first over a 500-foot drop was not as enticing as I thought it would be.”
Fortunately, the smoothness of the smaller zipwire meant that rather than screaming, Emily sailed over the quarry at a mere 45mph and was more than ready for the big one - a mile-long ride that has most people quaking in their boots.
“I was buzzing for the second wire, I couldn’t stop grinning and when they released us - we travelled down in pairs - I couldn’t believe I was travelling at 100mph,” she added.
“Of course the day wasn’t just about having a good time, it was about raising as much money as possible for Hope House which the Advertizer is raising funds for throughout 2015.
Another daring fundraiser was Sarah McDade from Sainsbury’s Oswestry, which named Hope House as its Charity of the Year in 2014.
She commented: “It was amazing, I would definitely do it again.
“I would recommend anyone to take on the Zip Wire Challenge in aid of Hope House - it’s brilliant.”
Become an Advertizer Hope House Children’s Hospices fundraiser.
The Morda-based hospice provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.
A range of services is offered, including respite and end-of-life care at the hospices and/or within the family home, and support such as counselling,
advocacy and the promotion of children, young people’s and carers’ rights.
Why donate? £250 means Hope House Children’s Hospice can arrange a day out to remember for a terminally ill child and their loving family, whereas £2,000 covers the cost of a family using the hospice’s Snowflake suite, a specially adapted bedroom enabling them to spend time with their their child who has died while receiving bereavement support.
So let’s see how much we can raise for this fantastic cause throughout 2015.