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.”

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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