Daring new heights for Morecambe mum

Christine Sandwell and her sister Marion after completing the zip-wire challenge.
Christine Sandwell and her sister Marion after completing the zip-wire challenge.

A daring mother-of-two has raised £1,500 for charity after taking part in a 140ft-high zip slide challenge.

Christine Sandwell, who lives in Morecambe, completed the challenge with her sister Marion earlier this month in Glasgow. They signed up for it in a bid to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland after they lost their mother to the disease.

Christine said: “We wanted to do something in memory of our mum who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in January 2014 and passed away last year. It is a charity that is so close to our hearts which is why we wanted to raise as much money as possible. It has also been really important to us to raise awareness, as it can be difficult for those who haven’t experienced the disease first-hand to understand just how terrible it can be.”

The zip slide was 700ft from one side to the other, 140ft above the River Clyde.

Christine, a client account manager at ICS in Lancaster, said: “Before we did the zip slide, I was feeling really excited, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. When we were actually doing it, we felt a little bit anxious as the cherry picker was blowing in the wind and we didn’t realise just how high it was, but then afterwards we just wanted to do it all over again!

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.”