Fundraising zipwire success

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A HOUSING group boss raised £1,300 for charity by taking on a daredevil charity challenge.

Vela Group’s chief executive Cath Purdy took part in a 920ft zip wire across the River Tyne, as previewed in the Hartlepool Mail.

Cath described the experience as “exhilarating” and was delighted to reveal her challenge raised £1,300 for Daisy Chain, a charity based in Norton which supports children with autism and their families.

 She was joined on the day by Mike Clark, chairman of the Vela Group, which embraces Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes.

 Cath said: “I was apprehensive at first, but once it was under way I found the experience fantastic and exhilarating.

“Following weeks of anticipating it seemed to be all over in a matter of seconds and I hardly time to take in the views of the landscape around me.

“I would like to thank everyone who generously made a donation as well as all the support and encouragement we received, which made Mike and I taking part in the charity zipwire so worthwhile.”

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