Charity zipline ride in memory of Alex

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A daredevil Ilkeston teenager is preparing to ride Europe’s longest and fastest zipline to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of her brother.

Eleanor Read, 18, plans to slide down the 1,600-metre wire on August 10 in memory of Alex Read, a victim of bone cancer.

Inspirational Alex, a much-loved pupil at St John Houghton School in Kirk Hallam, lost his battle with the disease in March at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. He was aged 14.

Bilborough College student Eleanor told the Advertiser she was sure Alex would be jealous if he knew she was going to ride the zipline.

She said: “It’s the sort of thing Alex would have wanted to do.”

The zipline, in Snowdonia, North Wales, involves riding face-first down a wire, 500ft above a lake, reaching speeds of 100mph.

“I’m not usually scared of heights but we’ll see,” Eleanor said.

The daredevil has so far raised more than £2,400 through her JustGiving page, after setting an initial target of just £100.

All money will go to the Bone Cancer Research Trust, a charity dedicated to improving outcomes for people affected by primary bone cancer.

“It’s not just about the money, it’s about raising awareness,” she said. “Bone cancer is so often misdiagnosed.”

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