Save the Children’s Zip Wire Challenge

Supporters of the Save the Children’s Aberdare branch are preparing to brave the world’s fastest seated zip line to help raise money.

Zip World Tower

The challenge will take place at Zip World Tower at the former Tower Colliery site on Saturday 25th September with a group of 25 supporters from across South Wales. They’ll join the Aberdare adrenaline-seekers in their fundraising efforts for the charity.

The Aberdare branch is one of the oldest in the UK, established in 1954.

Longstanding volunteer, Mrs Shirley Fleming has been helping the branch for over sixty years, is a former Chair and received the Princess Royal Award for her work. She is still an active member and having celebrated her 86th birthday, she is now preparing to reach new hights in her efforts to raise money for a cause that is so close to her heart.

“This is one of the craziest things I’ve ever done if I’m honest and I’m a bit nervous about it. Flying 1.5km over the old colliery at a speed of over 70mph whilst taking in the views of the Rhigos mountains was not something I expected to be doing in my late eighties!

“I’m so saddened by what is happening in the world with so many children affected by conflict in places such as Afghanistan and Syria; we see how hunger and climate change is impacting children in some of the poorest countries and it’s hard to believe that today, here in the south Wales valleys there are parents still struggling to feed and provide for their children.”

Save the Children exists in more than 100 countries including the UK, ensuring children are safe, healthy and are able to learn.

To support and donate to the Aberdare branch’s effort please visit:


By Brad Williams

Winner of 'Outstanding Contribution to New Media' at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement Awards 2019.

News presenter at GTFM radio station, Pontypridd.

Brad has interviewed:
- First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS
- Health Minister, Vaughan Gething MS
- Cynon Valley MS, Vikki Howells
- Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan
- RCT Council Cabinet Member for Heritage, Leisure & Environment, Cllr Ann Crimmings
- Author, Maria Grace
- Author, Communicator of Science & Local Tutor, Mark Brake
- ITV Wales News presenter, Andrea Byrne

Brad has been featured several times on WalesOnline and has been a guest on BBC Radio Wales, more recently joining presenter Wynne Evans on his show, talking all things Cynon Valley.

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