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5th April 2019

Glynis, Emma, Lisa and Terri fancied “something different” to mark 40 years of Cats Protection’s Gwent branch – and the world’s fastest zip slide fitted the bill.

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The fearless Cats Protection volunteers will be flying down the Zip World Velocity zip wire in Bethesda and are calling for cat lovers to sponsor them to complete the terrifying challenge.

Left to right: Emma Wallis, Glynis Davies, Lisa Richards, Terri Halfpenny.Glynis Davies, co-ordinator of Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch, said: “A couple of us were chatting about it being 40 years since the branch was set up.

“We wanted to do something different and I thought I’d do something to mark my 60th birthday.

“Terri, who’s 78-years-old, said she was up for a challenge as it’s now or never!

The group hopes to raise £750 which will make a huge difference to cats needing help in Gwent and all donations – no matter how big or small - will be greatly appreciated.

Zip World Velocity is the fastest zip line in the world, with participants reaching speeds of more than 100mph – hanging face down from the wire. It’s also the longest zip line in Europe.

“Last year we did a sponsored head shave – but I think this year’s fundraiser will be much more hair-raising. We’ll try not to be scaredy cats!” said Glynis.

“We’re nervous, but it’ll be fun at the same time, so we’re excited too. You fly down parallel lines, so we’ll be able to wave to each other on the way down.

“It’ll be worthwhile as, at the end of the day, we’re doing this to help the cats.”

Donations will help support the branch’s essential cat care work, including homing, neutering and education.

To sponsor the Cats Protection team’s challenge, which takes place on Saturday 11 May, visit:

Anyone interested in taking part in a challenge like Zip World Velocity for Cats Protection can visit our events page, email or call 01825 741960.


For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Photo - (left to right): Emma Wallis, Glynis Davies, Lisa Richards, Terri Halfpenny.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch is part of a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres that help around 200,000 cats and kittens each year.
  2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
  4. More information about the work of the Gwent Branch can be found at
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