Thousands raised from Vegas zip-wire challenge

A BRAVE Messingham lady zip wired 40-miles per hour across Las Vegas to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, thanking them for the care her husband received.

So far Sue Oates (pictured) has raised nearly £3,000 for the hospice in Scunthorpe on Burringham Road in memory of her  beloved husband Mick Oates who passed away from cancer at the hospice.

Sue is extremely scared of heights so completing the 12 storey high zip wire was a real challenge, however she had the support from 14 other participating friends from the Rod Stewart fan club that she’s part of.

It’s the fourth time Sue’s been to Las Vegas to see the singer she’s been following for almost 40 years in action.

Sue said: “I wanted to raise much-needed funds to thank the hospice for looking after Mick so well and my friend suggested the zip wire. The care the hospice gave him was wonderful and I, and my sons Ryan and Matt, miss him so much.

“I initially said ‘no way’ to the challenge as I don’t like heights or even extreme rides, but then I thought it would be a good achievement to complete! I’m amazed at how much I’ve raised as I thought it would be around £500.”

The Slotzilla zip line is an inspired slot machine and it sees people zipping along the length of Fremont Street.

“It was so scary flying along the length of the street but it had amazing views above all the hotels – I’m proud I did it,” added Sue.

“My son Ryan is following suit by taking on a cycling challenge in aid of the hospice from Scunthorpe to Wembley in July. We will continue to support Lindsey Lodge all we can.”

Lindsey Lodge Hospice is part of a national group called Hospice UK and the fan club Sue is part of recently raised a massive £12,000 from a big weekend event. Part of these funds will go towards the Scunthorpe hospice.

  • If you want to face a challenge in aid of the hospice then email Sharon Tune at sharon.tune@nhs. net or call 01724 270835.
  • For more information about the hospice visit www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk
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