Daredevil fundraisers zip along all for the sake of Africa appeal
HUNDREDS of brave fundraisers have descended a zip wire from Cranmore Tower to raise money for Shepton Mallet charity SOS Africa.
Three hundred people from ages eight to 80 formed African-themed teams from businesses, charities, schools and groups of friends with names such as the Zipping Zebras and the Mendip Meerkats.
The fundraiser follows from the success of last year's Cranmore Tower Abseil when 160 people raised £12,000 for the charity.
After being asked to create an even tougher challenge for this year, organiser Matt Crowcombe and volunteers from CheddarClimbingCaving set up the 100m zip wire in the same spot.
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Mr Crowcombe said: "When we were asked to develop a fundraiser even more exciting than the Cranmore Tower Abseil we were concerned that the zip wire might be too daunting for some.
"However we clearly underestimated the bravery and incredible support of the local community.
"Thanks to their efforts it is looking like we will smash our initial £12,000 target.
"This will mean we can support the education of more children in January 2014 while helping out some other fantastic causes.
"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved."
SOS Africa was founded in Shepton Mallet a decade ago to help fund the education of underprivileged African children.
This year the charity invited teams to fundraise at the event by introducing a 50/50 scheme where money raised would be split equally between SOS Africa and the team's chosen cause.
Wells' Cathedral School took five teams of students and teachers to the event to raise funds for their charity's music projects in Sierra Leone.