Daredevils reach dizzy heights for dementia charity

Two pupils from Wilmslow High School have completed a scary challenge to raise money for people with dementia.

Year 10 students Molly Cunningham and Ellie Harris climbed 235 feet high up the tracks of the Big One roller coaster in Blackpool, which is the highest roller coaster in the UK, on Sunday 11th October.

They then walked the full length, along the narrow inspection track, which is just 65cm wide, with a vertical drop of 235 feet on either side of them. The next challenge was to negotiate the first descent which is almost 65 degrees downhill whilst holding on.

Molly said "Going up was really scary and at the top you could really feel the wind, the sun was setting as we got to the top it was amazing, it was a challenge and one that I'm glad I did, we have raised so much money for people with dementia, I am thrilled."

Ellie said "It was a fantastic experience, it just got higher and higher and the view was amazing, I'm glad we had all the safety harnesses on though. It has been great to raise so much money."

Having set out to raise £400, so far they have raised over £1,100, which will go towards helping to build a dementia friendly garden for older people.

Molly added "I really enjoy raising money for charity and the fact it is for older people with dementia is important to me. My Nana was in a nursing home and I have met a lot of people with dementia, dementia is terrible and it affects lots of people. It is also hard for the relatives of people with the disease, we will all be old one day and it is good to be helping people."

Ellie added "Like Molly I have raised money for charity before but really wanted to do this event. I have known people with dementia and it is great to support charities that will help them. Dementia does affect a lot of old people but younger people can also get the disease. It is great to do something that is both fun and scary but help people at the same time."

If you wish support them you can donate online by visiting Molly and Ellie's fundraising pages.