Children’s respiratory specialist nurse Julie Abernethy took her fundraising for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity’s Children’s Appeal to the wire when she persuaded three colleagues to join her at Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales to ride the world’s fastest zip line!
In zooming down the 1.5km Velocity 2 zip wire at speeds of up to 100mph Julie, who is based at Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre, the centre’s matron Victoria Atkinson, children’s community nurse Jayne Chester and tissue viability nurse Kate Hunter raised £1,000 in sponsorship with gift aid for the appeal.
The plucky quartet has asked that its donation be put towards a Children’s Appeal project to build a new play assessment area at Broadoaks that is expected to get underway later this year.
Julie said: “We were lucky with the weather in that it was a beautiful day so we had really clear views. We were all harnessed up to be released together, which meant we all finished within seconds of each other. It’s very scary at the top when you look down over the quarry but it takes less than a minute to reach the bottom and you get this big adrenalin rush. We’re very grateful to everyone who sponsored and supported us.”
Through its Children’s Appeal, the trust charity team is working on raising £1 million for a shopping list of items to improve patient and family experience across children’s services at the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, Broadoaks and other centres it manages.