HIT Cumbria and Lancashire team zip for charity
Posted by HJUK
The HIT Cumb-Lancs team braved the Titan Zipline in North Wales recently, raising an impressive £730 for The Stroke Association.
Congratulations to team members Samantha Addison, David Clough, Matthew Locke, Matthew Dunn, Andrew Jagger, Andrew Coupe, Samantha Mitchell, Suzanne Grant, Martin Black, Robert Dworakand and Leanne Ovelek who braved the 8,000m test of heights.
The Titan, situated at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, is the first 4-person zipline in Europe and has firmly established the town as the zipline capital of the world!
High winds and thick black clouds didn’t put the team off as they ascended the mountain to take the ultimate leap of faith.
Samantha Addison, HIT Training Sector Manager (who is absolutely terrified of heights) said: “The first line was incredibly high and the winds were so strong that we had to go down in pairs to give us extra weight – I really think I would have backed out if I hadn't have gone down with someone else!”
The second wire on the course was the fastest and many of the participants felt like were going to go right past the landing area: “It was SO fast I thought I wasn’t going to stop at the end!” said Samantha Mitchell.
Meanwhile, the surrounding views of the slate caverns were described as breath-taking by teammate Matt Locke, making the death-defying task even more memorable.
Pride and a real sense of achievement was the overwhelming feeling at the end of the day. Dinner and drinks together in Llandudno followed and to finish off the event, they sat on the beach until the early hours, for reflection and speeches on how each felt about the day, their team and HIT Training. A wonderful team building activity, a brilliant experience and all in aid of a great cause.
The Stroke Association is a charity close to many people's hearts but for one team member, Matt Locke, it has an extra special association. In November last year, he received the dreadful news that his mum had suffered a stroke. Since then, the support his mum has received from The Stroke Association has been amazing in her rehabilitation.