Dare-devil Vera is gearing up for zipwiring test

Daredevil Vera Edwards with her grandson Lewis Denny.
Daredevil Vera Edwards with her grandson Lewis Denny.

A grandmother who is scared of water and can’t swim is planning to give herself a 71st birthday challenge to remember – by zipwiring over the River Tyne.

Vera Edwards, from Alnwick, will be tackling the high-octane feat on Saturday, October 18, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The dare-devil stunt will see Vera zipwire from the Tyne Bridge, diagonally across the river for 230 metres, before finishing at HMS Calliope on the Gateshead side of the Tyne.

On top of this, Vera is taking on the challenge with her 18-year-old grandson Lewis Denny, from Alnwick, who is the hospice’s Young Ambassador.

Vera, who turned 71 last Friday, wanted to do something daring to mark her birthday milestone. She’s certainly done that!

She said: “My family think I’m crazy and don’t want me to do it. They are worried that I’m too old and I’ll get hurt.

“Although I’m scared of water and worried the wire will break, I’m excited about this personal challenge, which I’m doing with Lewis.

“As HospiceCare’s Young Ambassador, Lewis wanted to do the zipwire to help raise funds for them, so I casually mentioned I might join him and before I knew it, Lewis had signed me up.”

To sponsor Vera, visit tiny url.com/mlmcbjv. Or call the hospice on 01665 606515.