Chester woman terrified of heights taking on zip line challenge


David Humphreys

A WOMAN terrified of heights is to take on a 500ft high zip line challenge.

Annette Lawrence, 55, will join 30 others, including staff and volunteers, in braving Europe’s longest and fastest zip line in Bethesda to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Centre in Saltney.

Mrs Lawrence, from Waverton, Chester, is a member of the care centre which supports more than 300 people across North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral.

She said her decision to take on the challenge was born at a charity auction.

“My husband, Peter, loves to do crazy things like this so I bid on it at an Auction of Promises.

“I didn’t win the bid but just a few days later one of our exercise bikes broke down and we were without it for three or four days and it was so disappointing.

“We wanted to get some money together to replace it and I just said out loud that I’d do a zip for it.

“I’ve got no idea why I said it, I’m terrified of heights!”

The exercise bike in question is a Thera-trainer bike that helps to promote fitness and mobility for wheelchair users at the centre and can be used by most regardless of mobility problems or strength.

Mrs Lawrence, who is wheelchair bound, will take on the zip challenge on May 31.

She was full of praise for the work that the centre, based on the Brymau One Estate, does for people with MS, Parkinson’s disease and ME/chronic fatigue syndrome.

“It makes such a difference, it’s not just the exercise, it’s the social side too,” she added.

Despite being scared of the daunting heights ahead of her in just 10 days time, Mrs Lawrence added: “I’ll do it somehow.”

People on the zip line reach speeds of up to 100mph as it zooms 500 feet above a lake in Snowdonia.

To support Annette and the group, visit zipline10/110995

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