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Daring students brave zip-wire challenge for cancer charity


March 26 2015


Daring students braved a 100mph zip-wire in wet and windy conditions to raise money for bowel cancer.

Stephanie Warren, Amy Holton, Thayamani Hoole and lecturer Helen Coleman took on the challenge at Zipworld in Snowdonia for the Beating Bowel Cancer campaign.

Together with friend Keely O’Hara, the Health and Wellbeing students at Glynd┼Ár University in Wrexham organised a series of fundraising activities in past months.

The group decided to sign up for the attraction -  which is 1560 metres long, 500ft high and reaches speeds of up to 102mph - and have managed to garner more than £675 for the charity, having set themselves a target of £150.

Stephanie said they are going to put themselves forward for more thrilling adventures in the future, with a sky dive and wing-walking among the possibilities.

“Now that we’ve taken on the zip-wire and beaten our fundraising target we are already looking at the next challenge,” said the 20-year-old, from Essex.

“This was an amazing experience and we all loved it, though the weather was pretty bad and it was cloudy so we couldn’t see much of the beautiful scenery up there.

“It was very fast and over in less than a minute but what a thrill! I look forward to doing it again.”

Amy, 19, from Portsmouth, added: “Luckily we aren’t afraid of heights and loved every minute of it.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported us – particularly Stephanie’s dad, who got us the tickets for Zipworld – and hope people will continue to donate over the coming weeks.”

Rachel Thomas, Community Fundraiser for Beating Bowel Cancer in the North West, praised the girls for their efforts.

She said: “The students have been a great asset to Beating Bowel Cancer since last autumn and have helped with collections and awareness events, but the zip-wire is both a great fundraising and personal achievement for the ladies.

“We hope to work alongside more students from the University on similar initiatives in the future.”

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer - every half an hour someone dies of the disease, and more than 41,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year.

If diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully; five-year survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years.

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