Woman braves zip wire challenge to raise money for Ottery Medical Trust Fund

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 September 2018

Emma Mullenger putting on a brave face with husband Lee before her

Emma Mullenger putting on a brave face with husband Lee before her "horrendous" zip wire challenge. Picture: Contributed

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Emma braves world’s fastest zip wire despite her fear of heights, and will donate her sponsorship money to medical equipment fund

Emma Mullenger before her zip wire challenge 432 metres above the Welsh quarry. Picture:  ContributedEmma Mullenger before her zip wire challenge 432 metres above the Welsh quarry. Picture: Contributed

A Feniton woman with a fear of heights has taken a terrifying zip wire challenge, 432 metres above the ground, to raise much-needed money for the Ottery Medical Trust Fund.

Emma Mullenger braved the fastest zip wire in the world, with speeds up to 100 miles per hour, high above the Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales.

“It was horrendous for someone who doesn’t like heights,” she said. “You go down the wire in a harness with your arms behind you, like Superman, and I didn’t feel I was in control. You’re plummeting headfirst, basically.”

Emma admits that she was tempted to call off the challenge as she waited for her turn with her husband Lee. He had done it before and knew what to expect, but she was terrified. The plummet took less than a minute, going from nought to 60 miiles an hour in just seven seconds. “Some people do it for fun, but I’m never doing it again,” she said.

Emma Mullenger before her zip wire challenge 432 metres above the Welsh quarry. Picture:  ContributedEmma Mullenger before her zip wire challenge 432 metres above the Welsh quarry. Picture: Contributed

Her courageous stunt has raised £538 for the medical fund, to buy a new check-in screen for the Sandfords surgery in Whimple, where she works as a healthcare assistant. She also wants to raise awareness of the need for more donations to the Medical Trust Fund.

The fund is used to buy equipment or services which are not provided locally by the NHS. The Sandfords surgery has so far benefited from nebulisers, ear syringes, blood pressure monitors which patients can borrow to test themselves at home, and a heart monitor, which saves patients from joining the waiting list to be tested in Exeter.

The new check-in screen is needed because the surgery has no-one on the reception desk, meaning that patients arriving have to ask a nurse or healthcare assistant for help if they are not sure where to go. It will cost £1,650 to replace.

The Ottery Medical Trust Fund receives donations from patients and from the Lions Club and the Ottery League of Friends, but is running low at the moment. “People take things for granted sometimes,” said Emma, who is now appealing for more donations and fund-raising.

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