Rhona zips it for charity

Rhona Dunn
Rhona Dunn

A WELL-KNOWN community volunteer has taken her fund-raising work to new heights.

Rhona Dunn, who was one of the key organisers of the Morpeth Flood Victims Appeal, has taken part in a sponsored zip-wire ride across the Tyne.

The tireless Morpeth community helper took the plunge from the top of the Baltic in Gateshead, travelling across the river to a landing site beyond the Pitcher and Piano pub.

Mrs Dunn took on the daring stunt in aid of the British Red Cross to help raise funds for new wheelchairs, which the charity offers for free hire in hospitals, airports and other venues.

She said: “It was a bit scary – the worst bit was when you have to drop off the ledge and you just drop. I thought it would be nice and gentle so it was a bit of a shock.

“When I was waiting to go the lady in front of me decided at the last minute that she wasn’t going to do it because she was so terrified so that made it even worse.

“I was the last one to go. My husband was waiting at the other side so I think he was more worried than me when it took so long for me to do it.”

Mrs Dunn has collected £940 for the charity from the event.

“It’s brilliant to raise that because the wheelchair scheme is such a brilliant service,” she said.

“It was wonderful because I really got the money together with very little effort. The people of Morpeth know the Red Cross from the floods when it did so much to help.

“People from church have collected for me, the Rotary Club has given me a lot of support and there are even people I don’t know very well who have given money. Somebody gave me £50 because they had once had to use the wheelchair service at the airport and they said it was very helpful.

“The whole experience has been wonderful.”