Daredevils get a chance to take the plunge for charity

An Excited Elizabeth Hazelton celebrating her birthday with the ride. Keith Robertson
An Excited Elizabeth Hazelton celebrating her birthday with the ride. Keith Robertson

ORGANISERS are aiming high as an eye-catching event makes its return this spring.

Last year, dozens of people took part in the zip wire at Morpeth Rugby Club to support Oxfam’s Get Together initiative, which is linked with International Women’s Day.

It was very popular with residents as a significant number came along to support the zippers, purchase items from the arts and crafts stalls or enjoy refreshments from the balcony room, which was transformed into a vintage tearoom on the day.

A total of £12,121.20 was raised – the largest amount collected by a private event for Oxfam across the whole of the UK.

And now it has been announced that the event will take place at the same venue on Sunday, March 9. The participants will include Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt and everyone who signs up is encouraged to wear fancy dress.

Those involved are once again linking up with Vertical Events. It will bring along a 150ft-high mobile crane that will enable people to zip along 200 feet of wire during the morning and afternoon.

To fit in with Oxfam’s theme for 2014, helping mothers to lift the lives of their family, there will be a ‘fun day’ element to this year’s Zip Wire including fete games, stalls for all ages and a raffle and tombola.

Main organiser Emma Scott said: “I was surprised that there was such generosity and enthusiasm from the Morpeth public last year and we collected a fantastic total.

“I and my team of volunteers are thrilled and excited about doing the event again and £12,500 is our gross fund-raising goal. This year, it’s about having fun as a family to help an important cause.”

“Like last year, we need a minimum of 100 people who must pay a £25 non-refundable entry fee and raise an additional £75 in sponsorship money. We’re also looking for business sponsorship, either financial contributions or donating raffle/tombola prizes.”

Funds raised will go towards projects helping girls and women in Africa and the Government will match the total as part of its agreement to support events for Oxfam that are held in the first three months of 2014.

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Meanwhile, Mrs Scott has been invited by Oxfam to join a two-week communications tour in Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries. She flies out at the weekend.

She will visit hygiene and sanitation programmes in urban slums and rice cultivation projects in rural communities.

She said: “This is quite an honour as Oxfam has only six or seven of such tours each year and I am the only non-Oxfam person travelling with this group.

“It will be a dramatic and eye-opening experience and a bit of a culture shock as I will going from an affluent market town to a country where its people are trying to rebuild their lives after two terrible civil wars.”