Stukeley woman zipwires across old slate mine for 80th birthday

Wendy Richmond

Wendy Richmond - Credit: Archant

A woman from Stukeley celebrated her 80th birthday riding Europe’s highest and longest zip-wire in South Wales on April 10.

Wendy Richmond travelled over an old slate mine at Bethesda some 250ft up lying face-forward in a sling, and raised more than £700 for charity.

A fan of adrenaline, Ms Richmond flew in a Tiger Moth for her 60th birthday, and even wing-walked for her 70th; standing on top of a plane from takeoff to landing.

“I’ve been doing things like this for a while,” she said.

“The wing-walk was amazing. I wanted to do it for years. I saw a film with girls standing on a plane and thought ‘I want to do that’. It’s easier than you think, but it took two hours to get the knots out of my hair.”

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Her recent adventure has provided funds for the Acorn Cancer Support Group; a charity which helps cancer patients and their carers.

“I had breast cancer seven years ago,” Ms Richmond said.

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“A friend of my son persuaded me to go. You don’t talk about cancer unless you want to. They take us out for meals and trips down the river. It’s just a beautiful place to go. So relaxing; I love it.”

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