Sis­ters’ zip wire ride boosts hos­pice funds

North Wales Weekly News - - HOSPICE NEWS -

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

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