Health bosses take flight for Telford cancer charity

HEALTH leaders from Telford and Wrekin will take flight next month to raise money for local people affected by cancer, with a death-defying ride down Europe’s longest and the world’s fastest zipwire.


Three representatives from the area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) – the organisation responsible for purchasing local healthcare services – will soar five hundred feet through the air at one hundred miles per hour down a zipwire in Snowdonia to raise money for the Jayne Sargent Foundation, a local charity offering a cancer support group and wellbeing therapist service at Meeting Point House, Southwater in Telford.

David Evans, the CCG’s Accountable Officer, Alison Smith, the Executive Lead for Governance and Engagement, and Communications Lead Samantha Turner, are all stepping up to take on the hair-raising flight based at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, where slate has been mined for over two centuries.

Mr Evans said: “When you put it like that, it’s quite a daunting challenge, but I’m sure it will be an exhilarating experience and it’s important that we do everything we can to raise awareness and funds for important local charities like the Jayne Sargent Foundation.

“We each need to raise as much as we can so all donations will be gratefully received,” said Mr Evans.

Miss Smith said: “I’m actually really looking forward to it. I’m sure it will be scary on the day, and I’ll have to remember to tie my hair back, and make sure I’m not wearing anything that could fall off and tumble five hundred feet to the floor beneath me, but it’s going to be a fantastic experience and knowing we’re doing it for such a worthwhile local cause will spur me on when I start to get cold feet I’m sure.”

To sponsor any of the team go to any one of the following links:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davidevans2
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/samanthaturner1
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alisonsmith2