Sisters’ zip wire ride boosts hospice funds
ADRENALINE seeking sisters have taken part in the fastest zip line in the world at Zip World Velocity, to support their local Hospice. Exceeding speeds of 100mph at 500ft high over the Bethesda quarries, it is publicised as the “The Nearest Thing to Flying”.
Nel Halewood, 65, from Deganwy, and Ann Denbreejen, 58, Llandudno, raised £1159.60 for St David’s Hospice, which provides free end of life care to the community of North West Wales.
The clinical care services offered by the charity currently cost £1.9 million and it relies heavily on the support of the communities they serve, as over 75% of the income is raised through fundraising.
Nel, volunteer receptionist since 2004 explains: “Being a volunteer at the hospice, I see first-hand the wonderful care that is given. I wanted to do something extra special to help raise much needed funds. So when my dear sister suggested we do the Zip Wire challenge together, I said yes straight away.
“A little later I thought, Oh my word, what have I let myself in for!
“It all went well and we really enjoyed the whole experience, a great big thank you to all the staff at Zip World who looked after us, are very patient and help you feel at ease. Although the feeling of weightlessness is very weird, I would definitely do it again.”
Ann works in the Links Hotel, Llandudno took part in the challenge in memory of her friend Karen Fernhead. She said: “Karen was a very special lady and St David’s took very good care of her and her family in what was such a sad time for them. For the past two years, I have taken part in the local Boxing Day dip raising funds for St David’s. This time I wanted to do something different.
“As I flew through the air above the quarries, I thought how am I going to top this, but I will think of something, watch this space!”
The sisters would like to thank their friends, family and the customers at the Links Hotel who kindly sponsorship their adventurous challenge.
St David’s Hospice Lottery weekly draw: 1st prize of £1000 was 055757 of Llandudno; 2nd prize of £100 was 043422 of Llanrwst; plus 80 prizes of £5. For full details go to www.stdavidshospice. org.uk/support-us/lottery or to join the Lottery call 0800 970 6242.
Llandudno Rugby Club will be filled with the sounds of the races on Saturday 27th June. Doors open at 7.30pm until late (free entry). It will be a race night with lots of competitive fun, with racing on the big screen. All proceeds from the racing will be donated to St David’s Hospice with the raffle being split between St David’s Hospice and the rugby club.
Sisters Nel Halewood, 65 from Deganwy and Ann Denbreejen, 58, Llandudno, have taken part in the fastest zip line in the world at Zip World Velocity, raising £1,159.60 for St David’s Hospice