Charity total zips past £900 mark

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A SPRIGHTLY granddad completed a nerve-wracking 920ft zipwire – and was then boosted by a mystery donation of £100.

Edgar Coulson, 77, plummeted across the River Tyne from the Baltic Centre, in Gateshead, on Saturday in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society.

Edgar, along with his grandchildren Shona McMurdo, 22, and Adam Smith, 21, who also took part, was on a high after the challenge and was handed another welcome surprise yesterday.

Edgar opened up at Hartlepool Bereavement Service, in Park Road, to discover a brown envelope with “zipwire” written on it which contained £100.

“I have absolutely no idea who it’s from. I just couldn’t believe it, I still can’t,” said Edgar, a dad of two and granddad of five who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool.

He added: “For anyone to donate that amount of money in this current economic climate is unbelievable, never mind someone who I might not even know.”

The kind donation means Edgar, Shona and Adam have now raised more than £800 for the cause.

Edgar is still welcoming donations now and believes the total will eclipse £1,000.

Every penny will be handed over to the charity, which was chosen because a member of Edgar’s family suffers with osteoporosis, a condition that results in lower bone density leading to a higher risk of fractures.

After a morning of rain in Newcastle the sun came out on Saturday afternoon when Edgar, Shona and Adam completed their zipwire trip.

“We just had to sit on the edge of the building with our legs hanging over and then more or less push ourselves off,” said Edgar.

“That was obviously quite daunting but once you’re on the way it’s a fantastic experience.

“We all absolutely loved it.”

People can still donate in support of Edgar, Shona and Adam either by calling into Hartlepool Bereavement Service or by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Baltic3.