Sheila proves age is no barrier

From left: Victoria Young, Sheila Hedley and Rebecca Taylor took on the zipwire challenge in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.
From left: Victoria Young, Sheila Hedley and Rebecca Taylor took on the zipwire challenge in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.
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A plucky 77-year-old braved the exhilarating Tyne Bridge zipwire challenge on Saturday to raise money for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Pensioner Sheila Hedley, from Alnwick, volunteers at the charity and her dare-devil efforts at the weekend helped to raise more than £400 for the cause.

Deborah Coonie on the zipwire.

Deborah Coonie on the zipwire.

After completing the challenge, she said: “It is something I have wanted to do, it was absolutely thrilling.

“I want to thank family and friends for all the support and helping me raise money for the hospice, which needs to raise £360,000 each year through donations and fund-raising. The nursing team do such a wonderful job.”

She was one of 15 people to tackle the zipwire in aid of the hospice – which is the main provider of palliative care in north Northumberland – and the team raised more than £1,785 for the charity.

The others taking part were Jen Miller, Chris Crosbie, Yvonne Brown, Chelsea Clark, James Warcup, Deborah Coonie, Jessica Cooper, Rebecca Taylor, Claire Bowron, Ben Gilbertson and Victoria Young.

Gemma Mooney, Amy Welsh, and William Blackshaw, all from Alnwick-based Blackshaws Garage, also completed the feat for the cause.

Emma Arthur, events and community fund-raiser at HospiceCare, said: “Our team was amazing. It was really windy, which made some people feel a bit more apprehensive as they stepped up onto the edge of the Tyne Bridge, with the river below, and then down the zipwire at a speed of 25mph.”

To take part in the next zipwire challenge for the hospice, which will be from the Baltic on Gateshead Quays on Saturday, September 19, call 01665 606515 or email fundraising@hopsicecare-nn.org.uk to register.