Afraid of heights June tackles world’s fastest zip slide

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Dare devil June Parsons is aiming high and facing her fears to help the NHS where she has been both a member of staff and a patient.

Former nurse, June, retired from Middlesbrough’s The James Cook University Hospital after 35 years working in the NHS.

June, 55 from Billingham worked in many departments throughout her career retiring from rheumatology and haematology ward 27 (now ward 33) at the Middlesbrough hospital in December 2014.

Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2015 June has bravely undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy treatment.

June Parsons May 2016 zip wireJune is undertaking the Zip World Velocity, Bethesda – the longest  zip slide in Wales on Tuesday 31 May 2016 –  to raise money for the radiotherapy and oncology department at James Cook ‘s Star fund which benefits cancer patients and their families and assists with future developments to help patients .  Intrepid June is also going to help Breast Cancer Research.

Keeping June company on her challenging adrenalin rush is family friend, Caroline Jackson and niece Farrah Jackson, both from Whitby.

The intrepid trio will take in the stunning views from the big top of Velocity, out towards Anglesey with views of the Isle of Man on a clear day.  They will then descend down the Big Zipper, over the quarry lake often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying!

June said:   “The care, treatment and service I have received has been out of this world. I wanted to give something back to thank all the staff for being so fantastic.

“This is a massive trial for me – I chose to do a zip slide as I am petrified of heights and I wanted to do something that would really challenge me and be exhilarating.  I am a bit apprehensive as I have never done anything like this before, but I need to do something new and exciting if I am asking people to sponsor me.

“I would be very grateful for any support as I know it will make a real difference for the patients and families at the hospital.”

Staff from the star fund would like to wish June all the very best and good luck for this difficult challenge and hope she enjoys the experience.  We are very grateful to her for supporting our Star fund..

 If you would like to sponsor June please visit her fundraising page at