Leyland nurses brave world’s fastest zip line for Children’s Appeal fundraiser

Posted on - 8th June, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble News
The zip line at Penrhyn Quarry

Three Leyland nurses have raised £1,000 for the Children’s Appeal after travelling to North Wales to take on the world’s fastest zipline.


Children’s respiratory specialist nurse Julie Abernethy, based at Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre, matron Victoria Atkinson, children’s community nurse Jayne Chester and tissue viability nurse Kate Hunter zoomed down the 1.5km Velocity 2 zip wire at speeds of up to 100mph at Penrhyn Quarry.

They raised the money for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity’s Children’s Appeal, raising £1,000 in sponsorship with gift aid.

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Kate Hunter, Jayne Chester, Victoria Atkinson and Julie Abernethy

Julie said: “We were lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful day, so we had clear views.

“We were all harnessed up to be released together, which meant we all finished within seconds of each other.

“It’s 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 grateful to everyone who sponsored and supported us.”

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The plucky quartet has asked that the donation is used for a Children’s Appeal project to build a new play assessment area at Broadoaks, expected to get underway later this year.

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 experiences across children’s services at the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, Broadoaks and other centres it manages.

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