Nottingham’s Paige Alexander travelled at 100 mph in wind and rain on Europe’s longest – and the world’s fastest zipwire yesterday ( 12 March ) to raise money for charity. Pictures and video.
Despite never having been on a zip wire before, the 17-year-old took on the adrenaline seeking challenge, where the zipwire carries riders at up to 100mph over a distance of more than a mile, at Penrhyn near Bethesda in North Wales.
Paige’s challenge comes as part of her fund raising campaign as a finalist in the Miss Nottinghamshire East Midlands heat. Hope Against Cancer is Paige’s chosen charity as well as Beauty With A Purpose – the Miss World charity which helps projects worldwide.
Paige told The Wire:
‘This was amazing it totally took my breath away, it was something that took me
way out of my comfort zone but an experience I’m so glad to I’ve achieved, it was extremely cold wet and windy, but that all added to the expierence which I would definitely now do again – I’m so pleased by doing this I’ve helped to worthy charities.’
‘It’s made me realise that you have to take opportunities in life and if it means you can also help others while reaching your own goals in life it’s a bonus. I’ve raised nearly £400 for Hope Against Cancer and Beauty with a Purpose today. So I’m really happy.’
‘Next I’m keeping my feet firmly on the ground, I’m trying to raise awareness in something we take for granted, I’m donating blood for the first time on Wednesday to try and get the younger generation aware that it’s something we should do, especially as there is always a shortage of blood donors – and let’s be honest you never know when you may need it.
“I sadly lost my wonderful Uncle Karl to a rare form of brain cancer. Nothing can ever prepare you for the effect this awful disease has on not only you but the rest of your family. Having to watch the person we all love fall so far away from us, in such a small amount of time, is totally devastating. All I could think about was what if we had caught it sooner, what if there were more understanding of this rare form. That’s why I’ve chosen this amazing charity in hope that the money I raise, will in some small way help and benefit other people and families. I know my Uncle will be flying the clouds with me when I do the zip wire and this alone will get me through”, she added.
‘Entering Miss Nottinghamshire is certainly opening my eyes to life and taking me on journeys I’d otherwise never imagine myself doing or getting involved in.’