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Lostwithiel fundraising hero tackles England's longest zipwire at Eden Project

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 24, 2013

  • Gordon Faddy with firefighters from St Austell's green watch, at The Eden Project zip wire. BOTL20130415B-001_C

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LOSTWITHIEL daredevil and fundraiser Gordon Faddy was back in action last week to take on England's longest zipwire for charity.

Gordon, who suffers from cerebral palsy, rode the 660-metre Skywire above the biomes at the Eden Project to raise funds for Enable in Cornwall, which offers guidance support and advice to people in Cornwall with physical disability or visual impairment.

For Gordon, this latest adventure is part of a long list of daring stunts and courageous acts he's undertaken on behalf of others.

Despite his own disability he has always been keen to take on the challenges that have seen him jumping from aeroplanes, travelling from Land's End to John o' Groats in his wheelchair and even abseiling from the roof of County Hall.

And he said his latest experience is one that will live long in his memory.

"It was fantastic," said Gordon, "I wasn't stuck in my wheelchair, I had the wind in my face and it felt like I was free."

Aside from his high-speed journey along the zipwire, Gordon also faced a bit of a task in getting up to the launch platform itself.

For this, the helpful crew of St Austell Fire Brigade's Green Watch were enlisted.

"The lads from Green Watch carried me up there in a special ambulance chair," added Gordon.

"I really have to thank them as well because without their help I wouldn't have been able to reach the tower."

"Of course I also have to thank the people at the Eden Project for allowing me to go ahead with the fundraising ride after the first attempt was washed out."

Gordon managed to raise around £500 for the cause but hopes that more people might still dig deep and donate more.

Donations can be sent to Enable in Cornwall Ltd, Unit 1 Bodmin Business Centre, Harleigh Road, Bodmin. PL31 1AH.

Alison Ford, manager at Enable in Cornwall, said: "Gordon has been involved with Enable for over 16 years; he is so inspirational.

"Gordon is a courageous man in his attitude to life, he is a perfect example of someone who is not defined by their disability."

Although he's now ridden England's longest zipwire, Gordon already has plans for a new charity feat.

"I definitely intend to continue taking on these personal challenges," he said, "In fact if anyone has any ideas about what I might tackle next I'd love to hear them.

"I was thinking about perhaps trying a bit of tandem paragliding."

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