Zip line challenge seeks pensioners

LOCAL plucky pensioners are being challenged to ride a zip wire across the River Clyde to help the country’s most vulnerable children.

Action for Children Scotland’s Zipslide across the Clyde challenge is back for its fifth year on Saturday, September 15, giving adrenaline junkies from Angus the chance to show their support by soaring over the Clyde at 130 feet.

And this year, the charity is keen for adventurous Scots ‘of a certain age’ to take part.

Action for Children Scotland fund-raiser, Katie Forsyth, explained: “Last year Barbara Smith, from Derby, celebrated her 80th birthday by jumping from a ‘plane at 12,000 feet to raise money for Action for Children.

“Now we are calling for plucky pensioners from Angus to follow Barbara’s lead and take part in our Zipslide across the Clyde event.”

The zip wire is 130 feet high, 1,000 feet long, and can reach speeds of up to 35 mph. 

Since the Zipslide across the Clyde challenge launched in 2008, over 650 people have taken part, raising over £100,000 for Action for Children Scotland.

Katie added: “Zipslide across the Clyde is open to people of all ages, but we would particularly like to hear from outrageous octogenarians and nimble nonagenarians who want to help us raise money to support the country’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families.” 

Registration for the Zipslide across the Clyde is just £20 and all participants are asked to raise a minimum of £150 for Action for Children Scotland.

Participants must be aged 16 years or over and parental consent is required for participants aged 16 or 17 years. The maximum weight is 17 stone.

To take part in Zipslide across the Clyde, contact Katie Forsyth at Action for Children Scotland on 0141 550 9023 or by email at

Action for Children is a national charity delivering services that respond to the local needs of children, young people, their families and communities.