DCSIMG

Daredevil June’s river trek

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 has become a record-breaker after tackling raging rapids on the Zambezi river.

The 75-year-old - who has raised thousands of pounds for charities - was part of a team of four Pontefract Prince of Wales Hopsice supporters who tackled the Hell and High Water Zambezi Challenge earlier this month.

Mrs Gill, who has been fundraising for the Halfpenny Lane for 26 years, became the oldest person to ever complete the Zambezi challenge.

She said: “It was wonderful. We just didn’t stop laughing the whole week.

“It was a fantastic experience. I can’t explain how amazing it was.

“I was like a celebrity. Nobody could believe I was doing it at my age.”

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

The group spent two 
days canoeing and three days rafting.

Mrs Gill added: “When we were rafting we got a good drenching every five to ten minutes but the elation of it all took over.

“I fell into the river while canoeing but the leaders who were with us were fantastic.

“They kept checking on me all the time because of my age but what they didn’t tell me until afterwards was where I fell in was the best place to see the crocodiles.”

Mrs Gill, of Monckton Drive, Townville, 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 Halfpenny Lane hospice.

She added: “Every year as you get that bit older you’ve got to make sure you are fit.

“I’ve just been lucky and not had any illnesses but I’m not sure what my next challenge will be.”

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

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page