Charlotte Bennie and Tommy Donnelly are two of the thrill seekers who have signed up for the challenge at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, near Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday, 6th October. The pair support local charity Visibility using their own experience of living with sight and hearing loss to help others across the region, and urged others to get involved in the fundraising drive.
Spanning 820 metres and reaching speeds of up to 45 mph, the double line zip allows 2 people to ‘zip’ at the same time next to each other as well.
Tommy said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, so I do admit to being a bit apprehensive.
“It’s going to be another level but, for me, that’s part of the attraction. Since getting involved with Visibility I’ve been encouraged to set myself goals, and this seems like a pretty good one to set. Every day is a challenge but what Visibility has done for me is allow me to treat everything as an obstacle that can be overcome.”
Charlotte, from Newton Stewart, has been helping staff from the project deliver training to professionals across the region in addition to shadowing home visits to provide one-to-one support.
She said: “It's nice to give something back and I really enjoy helping delivering training and sharing my own experiences to raise awareness about sight loss. Visibility has helped me overcome some of the challenges related to my own sight loss, and I find it very rewarding to help others get to the same place. I try to help people get to a positive place, not to dwell on what they can't do but what they can do, just in a different way.”
Lindsay McDowall, service manager at Visibility in Dumfries & Galloway, said: “We are raising money to support services across the region, where Visibility has a locally based project. 100% of the money raised in Dumfries & Galloway will be spent here.
“Our values and pioneering approach have remained the same since the charity was founded in 1859. We encourage children and adults with sight loss to make their own choices and pursue their own dreams and we support them to live full, active and independent lives within their own communities.
“So far, we have just over a dozen people signed up including staff, volunteers and people we work with. If you would like to take part in the zip slide, or donate to Tommy & Charlotte’s efforts, you can contact Visibility on 01387 267 131 or buy tickets online at Eventbrite.co.uk by searching for “Visibility Zipslide”.