Dare­devil staff set to zip

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

STAFF from County Square shop­ping cen­tre, Ash­ford, will live the high life by tak­ing part in a spon­sored zip wire event to be staged at Folkestone Race­course on Satur­day, March 24.

The cen­tre has as­sem­bled a mag­nif­i­cent team of seven who will as­cend to the roof of the main stand, which is four storeys high, and zip down a 150yard wire to the track it­self.

Each par­tic­i­pant has pledged to raise a min­i­mum of £75 in spon­sor­ship to take part in the dare­devil chal­lenge. The cash raised is to go to the Pil­grims Hospice, which this year is mark­ing 25 years of care in east Kent and also to chil­dren’s road safety char­ity the Kent and Med­way Walk­ing Bus.

The plucky em­ploy­ees, who work for var­i­ous stores, have the full back­ing of County Square man­age­ment, which it­self has stepped in as a ma­jor spon­sor pro­vid­ing a do­na­tion of £800 to­wards the event.

Other key spon­sors in­clude In­victa Mo­tors and Greenacre Sports Part­ner­ship.

Ca­role Cole­man, man­ager of Shoe Ex­press is one of those tak­ing part. She said: “The zip wire is a per­sonal chal­lenge for me, as well as be­ing a great team­build­ing ex­er­cise for County Square staff and a bril­liant way of rais­ing funds for some wor­thy causes.”

Com­mer­cial man­ager Frances Burt said that County Square was keen to sup­port the zip wire. She said: “The shop­ping cen­tre is very much a part of the com­mu­nity and is pleased to sup­port such great char­i­ties. The Pil­grims Hospice is very prom­i­nent in east Kent and a cause close to the hearts of ev­ery­one who lives here.”

County Square is un­der­go­ing a ma­jor re­vamp at the mo­ment, which will see the shop­ping cen­tre ex­pand by an­other 33 per cent, when work is com­pleted in March 2008. The £60m project will use glass and light-coloured stone to cre­ate a spa­cious and airy ar­cade and the de­vel­op­ment has seen prom­i­nent re­tail­ers sign up to be in­cluded in the new-look cen­tre. Deben­hams, Next and H&M are al­ready con­firmed, with ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der­way to sign other top stores up.

Staff tak­ing part are; Frances Burt, Mick Webb, op­er­a­tions man­ager, County Square, Dean Jones, cus­tomers ser­vices, Lauren Coules, Kil­burns Jew­eller, Ca­role Cole­man, Shoe Ex­press, Leanne Alderidge, Clarks man­ager and Dick Burt, County Square main­te­nance con­trac­tor.

It’s not too late to sign up. To take part you can sign up on­line at www.kent­walk­ing­bus.org

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1158711

County Square staff mem­bers Frances Burt, Mick Webb, Leanne Alderidge, Ca­role Cole­man, Lauren Coules, Dean Jones and Dick Burt, who are to take part in the Zip Wire event

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