Pensioner plunges 500m on zip wire for charity

The oldest and youngest participants in today's sponsored zip wire - Dulcie Billing, 86, of St Austell and Jenna Gendall, 11 of Truro. Photo: Action for Children

An 86-year-old woman was among hundreds of church members from across Cornwall taking part in a daring 'Leap of Faith' to raise money for vulnerable young people in the county.

The leap, at Adrenalin Quarry, near Liskeard, involved a sponsored zip slide down the UK’s biggest ever zip wire in South East Cornwall.

The zip wire, which is 490m long (the equivalent of nearly 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools) and 50m high, can reach speeds of up to 40mph.

The event was held to celebrate 144 years of the Methodist Church working in partnership with Action for Children.

It was amazing to see the level of support from the Methodist community for this event.

We had some very elderly ladies taking part – the oldest was 86!

We’re very grateful to everyone that came along – making the day was such a success.

The money that they’ve raised will be instrumental in helping some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and their families across Cornwall.

– Jamie Lee, Fundraiser, Action for Children in Cornwall

All money raised from the event will go to Action for Children services for vulnerable children and their families across Cornwall.

These include a support service for young carers, who give up their own free time to care for members of their family, a service that runs activity sessions and short breaks for disabled children and young people, and a care leavers service for young people that are leaving foster care and are starting to live independently.

The mobile phone video footage below shows Peter Pillinger, Chair of Plymouth & Exeter Methodist District Synod and Mary Hughes of Cornerstone Methodist Church (dressed as an elf!) going down the 500m zip wire:

Video courtesy of Action for Children.