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Granny takes on the Orbital for St Clare Hospice

Charity / Sun 30th Jul 2017 at 04:14pm

ST Clare volunteer, Goolmohr “Georgie” Cantel, descended down the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide in aid of the Hastingwood-based charity on Saturday 22 July.

Orbital

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide, located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, is 178 metres long, and takes 40 seconds to descend with a 50 metre straight run back down to solid ground. The slide winds around the UK’s tallest sculpture at speeds of about 15mph and features a tight corkscrew section.

The 82 year old grandmother of four, who has lived in Bishop’s Stortford for 39 years, took on the adrenaline-fuelled challenge to raise money for St Clare Hospice, where she has helped as an Inpatient Unit volunteer for over 5 years. As well as being in the ranks of St Clare’s more than 450 volunteers, Georgie is also a passionate volunteer fundraiser for the Hospice – having organised a series of Race Night and Afternoon Tea Party events over the past 4 years.

Georgie, who defied expectations last year by climbing London’s O2 for St Clare, was determined to take on a new challenge for the hospice for 2017. Commenting on the Orbit slide challenge, Georgie said: “After climbing the O2 last year, I wanted to come up with a new and exciting challenge. When I saw that the slide was opening on the Orbit tower I immediately thought, that is the perfect challenge for me! Just entering the marvellous Orbit structure and viewing London from the top platform is a wonderful experience. The slide is a unique and remarkable journey.”

Commenting on her trip down the Orbit Slide, Georgie said: “My arms were padded and I was given a helmet to protect my head. I lay in the entrance to the tunnel with my feet in a sack, and I was asked to hold on to a handle. Then, whoosh! The corkscrew immediately grabbed me! I almost toppled over at each turn and hit the sides, but I managed to control my body.”

Georgie added: “Then came the very fast 50m drop downwards with one sharp bend – I was jostled on all sides and my legs shot upwards! Next, bright daylight greeted me. I had reached the end of this very quick, very fast and very memorable experience! I emerged out of the slide and felt fine and happy.”
Last year, Georgie raised £1,200 for St Clare by climbing the O2 in London and she aims to raise over £1,000 for St Clare through her Orbit Slide challenge.

For more information about how you can volunteer with St Clare Hospice, visit their website at www.stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer or contact their Voluntary Services Manager, Rob Wallace, directly on [email protected] or call 01279 773722.

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