Don’t look down! D face fears and brav

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SKY-HIGH THRILLS - by Mike Ben­nett

PEO­PLE power has done it again, show­ing just how ded­i­cated and gen­er­ous the peo­ple of the dis­trict are in sup­port­ing char­i­ties in need. On Satur­day, in less than six hours at Folkestone Race­course, vol­un­teers raised the in­cred­i­ble sum of more than £17,000 by ac­cept­ing this news­pa­per’s chal­lenge to be brave enough to drop from the high­est point avail­able on a zip wire. They came in all shapes, sizes and ages, each hand­ing over a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship of £75, but many do­nat­ing much more. Top­ping the lot was Mandy Schofield, of Pen­fold Road, Folkestone, who pre­sented £1,325 and an­nounced she ex­pected about an­other £1,000 she still has to col­lect.

Snow White

As one of the early starters, 39-year-old Mrs Schofield, who is re­mem­bered by many from the years she worked in the Cabin Cafe at Folkestone Har­bour, caused some­thing of a stir. Cus­tomers and the many friends back­ing her ef­fort were not sur­prised to find she ar­rived dressed in a Snow White out­fit for her drop. Af­ter­wards she said: “This is the first time I have ever at­tempted such a thing and I wanted those who sup­ported me to no­tice, so I opted to wear a sexy out­fit. “Al­though I am scared of heights I was de­ter­mined to do this in me­mory of a very spe­cial friend, Thomas Wal­lace, who died in Ash­ford Hospice in March and re­ceived such very spe­cial care by the staff. “I know I will have more money to give to them.” It was a grey day with a bit­ter breeze across the his­toric old

Westen­hanger race­course spoil and favou drop four is racin At stunt than challen

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Terri Gorham shows no fear be­fore she slides off

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Rose Hick­man of the Hospice Nurses team

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Abi throws her­self over for char­ity

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An­gus Parker on his way down

Neil Wood gives the ride

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