Dare to zip-wire through 200 year old mine for Zoe's Place

Mon, August 5th, 2019

Zoe’s Place Liverpool is organising one of its most unique fundraising events

Zoe’s Place Liverpool is organising one of its most unique fundraising events to date by asking budding volunteers to raise money for the baby hospice by zip-wiring through a 200-year-old abandoned mine.

The Zip World Caverns challenge – which will take place at the Zip World Caverns in Llechwedd, Snowdonia – is to set go ahead on 7th September 2019.

Home to a wealth of North Wales slate mining history, the Slate Caverns also houses the world’s first underground and above adventures that offers stunning views across Snowdonia from the top of Titan, where participants can zip 1890m from half the height of Mt. Snowdon – Wales’ highest mountain.

With only 12 places for participants to take part, Zoe’s Place Liverpool urges potential volunteers to grasp at the chance to fly, climb and traverse through the historic slate mine that has been disused for the past 200 years.

To take part in the challenge, participants have to be a minimum of 10 years of age, a maximum of 120kg in weight and a minimum of 1.2m or a maximum of 2.1m in height.

The entry fee costs £50 per person and each individual will be required to raise £150 in sponsorship funds.

Requiring around £1.6 million per year to remain open, Zoe’s Place Liverpool has come under increased pressure due to the rise in demand for their services in recent months.

Having already been restricted to the use of just four of its six cots throughout the week this year, the baby hospice’s lack of funds has mounted increased pressure onto Zoe’s Place fundraising events such as the Zip World Caverns challenge.

As the hospice is almost entirely self-funding, Zoe’s Place Liverpool faces a constant uphill battle to ensure its doors remain firmly open to children and their families 24/7, 365 days a year.

The facility provides palliative, respite and bereavement care to families of babies and children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Since opening more than 20 years ago, it’s proved imperative for so many parents, siblings and sick children across Liverpool.

Carol Kikham, Fundraising Manager at Zoe’s Place commented: “The Zip World Caverns challenge is one of the most unique fundraising events that we have ever organised. Volunteers will face the daunting task of traversing through a former derelict underground mine that has been disused for two centuries.

“Fundraising events such as the Caverns challenge are the lifeblood of the hospice and ensure the doors remain open to support children with life-limiting and life-threating illness and their families.

“Without such wonderful support from volunteers who take part in our fundraising events, Zoe’s Place would not be able to provide support for those who are in desperate need.

“However, if traversing through a disused mine is not for you there are so many different ways to offer your support. Whether it’s a one-off donation from an individual, family or friends clubbing together or staff fundraising at work through challenges and events, all money raised will go a long way to covering the £1.6 million annual running costs.”
Zoe’s Place Liverpool is organising one of its most unique fundraising events to date by asking budding volunteers to raise money for the baby hospice by zip-wiring through a 200-year-old abandoned mine.

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