Octogenerian’s 100mph zip wire challenge

Groby pensioner Pat Smith has chosen an alternative to a family tea party to celebrate her 80th birthday on 18 June.

Instead the grandma-of-eight will take on the world’s fastest zip line – flying through the air at speeds exceeding 100mph – at Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda in North Wales on 21 June.

Mrs Smith said: “Instead of parties and presents I would like to celebrate being 80 by giving a gift to The Leprosy Mission which I have supported for many years.

“The zip wire challenge is something that terrifies me, but I have told so many people now that I simply can’t get out of doing it. I hope to raise more than £1,000 if people are kind and will sponsor me.

“Somebody said to me you must be brave or bonkers and my husband Don replied ‘both’!”

Mrs Smith has supported The Leprosy Mission for many years and in 2002 trekked in the Himalayas raising more than £3,400 for the international development charity as well as visiting its Anandaban Hospital in Nepal.

“It was at Anandaban Hospital that I saw the devastating effects of leprosy on people of all ages and the wonderful way in which the patients were treated by dedicated staff with gentleness and kindness,” she said.

“The zip wire challenge will raise money for The Leprosy Mission’s Purulia Hospital in India which is in desperate need of a new outpatients’ department to replace the existing overcrowded and dilapidated building where they diagnose and treat up to 300 people every day.”

To sponsor Pat Smith’s zip wire challenge visit her JustGiving page


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