A DORCHESTER woman is throwing herself off a Welsh mountain to raise money for a specialist charity.
Naomi Drummond, 43, of Charlton Down, is zip lining down Mount Snowdon tomorrow to raise money for the cancer charity PLANETS.
The task will see her strapped horizontally to a zip wire at 500ft and flying down the mountain at speeds reaching 100mph.
Naomi said: “This really isn’t the sort of thing I normally do. I can’t even go on the fourth floor of the shopping mall, never mind jump off a mountain!”
“And then there’s the outfit: an orange boiler suit and sensible footwear. I don’t really look great in orange and I don’t think I own any shoes without a three inch heel!”
PLANETS is a new charity based at Southampton General Hospital, dedicated to defeating Pancreas Liver and Neuro-Endocrine Tumours (NETs).
The charity raises money to help the hospital provide world-class care for patients in supporting the hospital’s pioneering work in treatment, research and education.
Naomi, who has named the event ‘Naomi’s Big Girls Don’t Fly Challenge’ has already raised an incredible £2,400 for the charity. She said: “I was amazed when I reached £250 so I just feel completely overwhelmed.
“I’m feeling really anxious now. When I agreed to do it I had 60 days to go and it’s come around very quickly.”
Naomi decided to raise money for the charity thanks to the help and support they have offered her best friend, Fiona Trevett, who suffers from a rare type of cancer.
She said: “Fi really is a true friend, she’s my best friend, she’s incredibly feisty and funny.
“When I told her I was doing this, because I knew she’d do the same for me if our situations were reversed, she said: ‘No I wouldn’t! There’s no way I’d jump off a mountain for anyone. Are you totally bonkers?’
“She has been so positive throughout her illness.
“If she can go through all of that and still be positive, I can do this for her.”
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