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Daredevil June, 75, to take on Zambezi

75-year-old June Gill will be part of a group of fundraisers who raft down the Zambezi river to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice.  June will take on the challenge with Elaine Murthick, Sue Cunniff and Darren Payne.

75-year-old June Gill will be part of a group of fundraisers who raft down the Zambezi river to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice. June will take on the challenge with Elaine Murthick, Sue Cunniff and Darren Payne.

Daredevil great-granny June Gill is preparing to battle raging rapids on the Zambezi river in her latest fundraising challenge.

The 75-year-old – who has raised thousands of pounds for charities – will be part of a team of four Pontefract Prince of Wales Hospice supporters tackling the Hell and High Water Zambezi Challenge next week.

Mrs Gill, who has been fundraising for the Halfpenny Lane hospice for 26 years, has previously climbed Ben Nevis, walked along the Great Wall of China and last year trekked across the Sahara desert to raise cash for the care centre.

Mrs Gill, of Monckton Drive, Townville, said: “I never get nervous about anything really but my husband, two sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren despair of my antics and will be biting their nails until I return.

“People are always shocked by what I do because of my age but fundraising and the challenges I do as part of it are something I really enjoy.”

Mrs Gill will be joined on the trip by Elaine Murthick, Sue Cunniff and Darren Payne.

The group flies out to Johannesburg on Saturday and will spend three nights rafting on the river next week.

Mrs Gill added: “I was a nurse for all of my working life and I have raised money for all sorts of different charities.

“The hospice makes such a difference and it hardly gets any funding so anything we can do to help is worthwhile.”

The challenge is the same one tackled by celebrities Dara Ó Briain and Greg James which they completed last year to raise money for Comic Relief.

To sponsor Mrs Gill or any of the group contact Amanda Jubb, assistant fundraiser at the hospice, on 01977 708868 or visit www.pwh.org.uk

 

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