03 Jul 2015

Daredevil Jackie flies high for autism

zip wire for autism

“I waved to my family and friends whilst screaming.”

That’s how 44 year old Jackie Pottinger describes taking part in her first ever zip wire.

Jackie, a nursery teacher from Newcastle, was scaring herself silly to raise funds for the Thomas Bewick School Association of Friends, a small charity that supports children and young people with autistic spectrum disorder.

Ready for coffee and chocolate

Jackie explains she was airborne to help give the youngsters access to special activities, resources and memorable experiences, such as play schemes and canopies for outside learning.

“It was fun and scary,” says Jackie, “we had to go up in a metal basket (raised by a crane) and zip about 180 metres across the Thomas Bewick School car park.”

“We went up in groups of five at different time slots. Everyone was nervous, but we all cheered each other on and kept focusing on why we were doing this. When it was over I was ready for a coffee and some chocolate!”

Jackie Pottinger airbourne on the zip wire

Amazing children

Jackie, who’s been teaching at the Thomas Bewick School for ten years, says children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder often find daily activities challenging.

She says: “I love my job. The children are inspiring, they never cease to amaze me. I look forward to going into work every day and enjoy watching the children in my care make progress and achieve great things.”

Easy and effective

Having already beaten her £100 target, Jackie is well on her way to receiving £200 in donations, all raised with MyDonate.

“My Donate is an easy and effective way of fundraising for charity,” says Jackie, “it’s been so simple for people to give this way.”

She adds: “I would like to thank all my friends and family for donating to this special charity and to The Friends of Thomas Bewick for organising an excellent event.”

You can donate to Jackie’s zip wire achievement at MyDonate

Find out more about the Thomas Bewick School Association of Friends


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