A long-standing volunteer with Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is planning a hair-raising challenge in aid of overseas competitors – despite being as old as the festival itself.
Steve Price, who lives in Johnstown, has been helping out at the eisteddfod for the past quarter of a century.
And identifying a growing problem with attracting competitors from overseas he has decided to take the heart-stopping high ride at Zipworld in Bethesda at noon on Thursday August 27.
Steve, who is manager at Sharps Bedrooms at Island Green in Wrexham, said: “I am the same age as the eisteddfod, 73 this year.
“I have been a volunteer with them for the past 25 years.
“Over that time it has become increasingly difficult for overseas and UK competitors to take part in this fantastic event due to the ever-increasing costs of travel, accommodation and visa applications.
“The money I raise from my Zipworld challenge will go to support all competitors and the continued success of the eisteddfod.”
He added: “I am getting on a little now and am absolutely terrified of heights.
“I am not a thrill-seeker and the thought of jumping off a mountaintop some 500ft in the air and travelling at speeds approaching 100mph above a quarry and a lake is not something that I would under normal circumstances consider. But this is my challenge.
“I don't have a target figure for either charity, but if I can get some donations it will be more than they had before any donations are made.”
Apart from the eisteddfod, Steve is also doing the challenge in aid of Hope House Hospice.
* Donations for the eisteddfod can be made on his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-price24?fbclid=IwAR1i4rRJR9Vvlo7m_Ba3uEUUM9xZBD3jYEWb8gH9rEvnKpwuDTKyP3EnFQU&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=Steve-Price24&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=w5XeEajZJ
If anyone wishes to donate to Hope House they should go direct to the hospice’s website and follow the links there.