Mum to ride zip line across canal for charity

Kaye Phillips, of Glossop, who will be crossing the Manchester Ship Canal on a zip wire for High Peak Women's Aid in October.
Kaye Phillips, of Glossop, who will be crossing the Manchester Ship Canal on a zip wire for High Peak Women's Aid in October.

A Glossop mum will soon be facing her fear of heights as she jumps off a Manchester museum and crosses the canal on a zip wire for charity.

Kaye Phillips, 45, has volunteered to leap off the Air Shard, a 30-metre high tower at the Imperial War Museum North, and ride the 250-metre line across the Manchester Ship Canal to the Lowry to raise funds for High Peak Women’s Aid.

The mum-of-one said she felt compelled to raise funds for the Glossop-based charity after attending the opening of the Harmony Project, a new refuge for High Peak girls affected by domestic violence.

Kaye, who became familiar with the organisation’s good work through her job at Barnados, has set herself a target of raising £2,000 by October.

She said: “I just felt so moved and inspired to do something for them. I’ve never done anything like this before. I wanted to sky dive but my 13-year-old son Sam wouldn’t let me!

“I’m scared of heights but I thought if I did something like this it would encourage more people to donate. I’m scared to death; I just don’t want to think about it! I don’t know whether it’s brave or slightly mad.”

Kaye added she had been overwhelmed by the generosity of her community who has already helped her raise more than £1,000.

Her hairdressers, the Lounge, on Surrey Street, giving away the proceeds from blow-dries and men’s haircuts, raising £356 in seven hours last Saturday.

While her local pub, the Wheatsheaf, on Wellgate, has agreed to donate the money raised from their Wednesday night quiz on July 24, where she will also be holding a raffle and giving away prizes donated by local businesses.

Kaye , who works with 16 to 21-year-olds in care, said: “Everyone’s been great. I can’t believe it. I’ve called upon Women’s Aid a lot and I know they are much needed funds.

“They helped about 500 women and children last year in Glossop who were fleeing domestic violence. I know how much they rely on funding. I’m really grateful. It’s just fantastic.”

Kaye will undergo the zip slide challenge on October 12.

Pam Whittle, services manager for High Peak Women’s Aid, said donations like Kaye’s were vital following recent council cuts to funding, adding: “I think what she’s doing is absolutely amazing, particularly as she is petrified of heights.”

To donate, visit her sponsorship page at justgiving.com/KayePhillips.