01 Oct 2015

Daring fundraisers get set for 'once in a lifetime' zip slide challenge


Built in 1790 the Happisburgh Lighthouse is an iconic landmark on the Norfolk coast. It’s the oldest working light in East Anglia and the only independently operated lighthouse in Great Britain.

Threatened with closure in the late 1980s, the lighthouse was saved as a working beacon by the local community. In 1990, a charity, the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, took over the running of the lighthouse.

And to celebrate 25 years of independence a one off zip slide event is being held to help the Trust raise much needed funds.

The Happisburgh Lighthouse Zip Slide Challenge takes place on October 10th and 11th when almost 200 fearless folk will fly off the top of the lighthouse to the edge of the cliff below.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” explains Joy Tubby, secretary of the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust who will be taking part in the challenge along with her husband Patrick.

Leap of faith

“It’s going to be great fun, a memorable event and a fabulous fundraising adventure.”

The lighthouse is funded by voluntary contributions and the work of volunteers. Currently it needs to raise money for essential work on the lighthouse, including refurbishment of the internal staircase.

Says Joy: “As a charity we are using BT MyDonate for online fundraising because it’s commission free and more of the money donated comes through to the Trust. Our zip wire challenge fundraisers were more than happy to use MyDonate for their fundraising.”

Spreading the word

“They found it easy to set up their pages and were delighted that MyDonate also offers financial advantages for the Trust compared with other services. The extra money we’ll receive means we can do more. For example, we will be able to put more money towards educational projects.”

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