Zipwire plans to help raise funds for two charities

Sophie Whittaker and Claire Hawker, doing zip-wire to raise money for charity.
Sophie Whittaker and Claire Hawker, doing zip-wire to raise money for charity.

Two friends are preparing for a mile-long zipwire in aid of two charities.

Sophie Whittaker and Claire Hawker are organising the event on July 21 and have encouraged friends and family members to join them in a bid to raise funds for Cheka Sama Children’s Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Trust.

The group of 17 will be taking part in the zipwire, 700ft above the lake of Snowdonia, and reach speeds up to 75mph.

Sophie, 23, who lives in Fixby said they were hoping to raise £3,000 that will be split between the two.

She has been involved in the initiation and development of a centre for street children in Mwanza, Tanzania for four years. She initially went over to volunteer on her gap year when she was 18, did the rest of her travelling, returned home for a short while and then went back to Tanzania to volunteer for a second time.

She has dedicated her time to fund-raising including bun sales at local schools to the biggest and bravest of them all to day, a skydive. This alone drew in more than £8,500 with 17 of them jumping. Over the last four years her friends and family have helped to raise in the region of £37,000.

And Sophie and Claire, 23, from Shelf, wanted to raise money for Marie Curie after their friend Tom Durkin lost his mum, Bridget to cancer last year.

Sophie said: “We have been surprised by the number of people taking part and it’s not even the same people as the skydive. There is a lot of different people that we have met over the years who have come on board.”

The girls who both attended Crossley Heath in Halifax said they wanted to do something that would top the skydive and the zipwire stood out. Claire said: “It is a big team effort and for two really special charities so even if you can even give a small amount just do it.” Visit