Ab­seil­ing from the Trans­porter - at 84

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

A FEAR­LESS pen­sioner who loves a chal­lenge ab­seiled down the Trans­porter Bridge in a bid to pro­mote fair trade.

Kitty Grove-Stephensen made the 180ft de­scent down Teesside’s fa­mous land­mark to mark the launch of Fair­trade Fort­night across Teesside.

The event marked the 84-year-old’s con­tri­bu­tion to life in the town span­ning sev­eral decades.

She has been as­so­ci­ated with the Fair­trade move­ment for 30 years, man­ag­ing the Fair­trade Shop at Mid­dles­brough Quaker Meet­ing House for more than 10 years, rais­ing be­tween £600 and £1,000 each year.

In 2008 she ab­seiled from the top of the Trans­porter Bridge, rais­ing more than £1,300 in spon­sor­ship for Macmil­lan Can­cer Care, and in 2012 she com­pleted a zip­slide from the Baltic Art Gallery at Gateshead to raise money for the Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety.

Kitty Grove-Stephensen, who ab­seiled from the Trans­porter to pro­mote Fair­trade

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