Val zips off for some cash

P&G employee Val Burt ready to take on the challenge of zip wiring across the Tyne for charity.
P&G employee Val Burt ready to take on the challenge of zip wiring across the Tyne for charity.

A daring mother stunned onlookers as she took part in a charity zip-wire off the Tyne Bridge.

Val Burt, a senior business assistant at P&G (Procter & Gamble) in Longbenton, decided to follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Bear Grylls to raise money for a children’s charity.

She collected £1,000 in sponsorship after completing the stunt, which she donated to Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids.

Val said: “I wanted to add a significant amount of money to the fundraising pot that P&G Longbenton has accumulated for Cash for Kids.

“I am on the wrong side of 50 so decided I needed to get started on my ‘bucket list’ and the zip wire is one of the things I have always wanted to do.

“Now I have conquered it, I want to do it again.

“This charity puts money towards helping disadvantaged, abused and neglected children in our local area. I cannot think of a better cause.”

Gill Hardy, community matters co-ordinator at P&G’s Longbenton site, said: “We are very proud of Val and I hope she will inspire other people to support good causes by taking on challenges that they have always dreamed of doing.”