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Disabled man to fly along longest zipwire in Europe

Stephen Meads from Skelmersdale is taking on the challenge in August

Stephen Meads is taking on the zip wire challenge

A disabled  man is preparing to fly along the longest zipwire in Europe for a disability charity.

Stephen Meads, 49, from Skelmersdale is planning to take on the challenge in August and is hoping to raise over £200 for Steps, a charity which specialises in helping those with lower limb conditions.

Stephen was born with a club foot and has had several operations in his lifetime, leaving him with ten pins in his left foot – meaning he is unable to walk unaided.

The former security guard has also had a graft taken from his hip, which left him with nerve damage.

Stephen said: “Steps are a great charity that do a lot of good work for people who are in a similar position to myself.

“I really wanted to give something back and thought doing the zipwire was something different that would catch people’s attention.

“I’m not great with heights so it will be interesting to see how I get on.”

The zipwire Stephen will be taking on is the longest in Europe and is situated in the Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales.

Riders of the zipwire can expect to reach speeds of 100mph travelling 500ft above the mountain lake.

Stephen said: “My condition has meant that I’ve been unable to work, but I still want to get the most I can out of life.

“I did a parachute jump in 2009 for Cancer Research which was incredible but this is something entirely new to me and I’m really excited, as well as being incredibly nervous.”

Stephen will also be at The Concourse in Skelmersdale on Saturday, raising awareness of Steps.

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