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Daredevil to mark 80th birthday on zip wire

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 April 2018

Kate and Margaret

Kate and Margaret


A Clevedon woman will celebrate her 80th birthday by tackling Europe’s longest and fastest zip wire.

Margaret Flux will take on the challenge at Velocity Zip World in Wales tomorrow (Thursday) in support of her sister-in-law who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, a condition which causes muscle rigidity, tremors and affects speech.

Alongside her 55-year-old daughter Kate, Margaret is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for leading charity Parkinson’s UK.

The zip wire, at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, will see the brave pair soar 500ft through the Welsh mountains at speeds which can often reach more than 100mph.

Margaret said: “My sister-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 15 years ago.

“Since her diagnosis her Parkinson’s has got progressively worse and she is now living in a care home.

“Life is so dreadfully unfair, so I have decided to take on the zip line and do my bit to help.

“By fundraising for Parkinson’s UK I will be helping to make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson’s, as well as funding research to help find a cure.

“I hope celebrating my 80th birthday with this challenge will prove an older lady like me is not over the hill and still has plenty left to give to life.”

Margaret is also a dedicated member of Southern Clevedon WI and the group has thrown its support behind her campaign.

A spokesman said: “Margaret wanted to do something different instead of the usual party and presents, and at the end of the day to raise money for her favourite charity, Parkinson’s UK.

“She is determined to prove to all and sundry that at this age a vintage elderly WI lady is definitely not over the hill.”

Money raised will go towards Parkinson’s UK’s work to improve care, treatments and quality of life for people with the condition, which affects around 145,000 people in the UK – around one adult in every 350.

The charity was founded in 1969 in London as the Parkinson’s Disease Society and has since gone on to help thousands of people with Parkinson’s.

To donate to Margaret and Kate’s online fundraising campaign, visit

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