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Dagenham dad with deadly tumour raises over £2k with stunt

PUBLISHED: 10:57 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:57 01 September 2015

John Mills wore a mankini during his zipwire stunt after friends promised to donate more to the charity if I did

John Mills wore a mankini during his zipwire stunt after friends promised to donate more to the charity if I did

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After a nerve-racking build up a dad suffering from a deadly brain tumour has completed a zipwire stunt to raise money for charity.

A dad-of-four with a brain tumour rode the fastest zipline in the world on Sunday to raise money for a charity close to his heartA dad-of-four with a brain tumour rode the fastest zipline in the world on Sunday to raise money for a charity close to his heart

John Mills wore a mankini over the top of the compulsory protective suit on Sunday – after friends promised to donate more to the Brain Tumour charity if he did.

The 54-year-old chose to ride the “velocity” in North Wales which is famous for being the fastest zipwire in the world.

He said: “Despite my genuine fear of heights – I don’t know if my tumour has somehow alleviated this fear – I was amazed and very pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”

The participant tops speeds of 100 miles per hour during the ride meaning the mile long, 300 foot high experience is over in less than a minute.

“I would have jumped at the chance to go straight back up and do it all over again,” he added.

“More importantly – I am absolutely delighted with the amount we have raised thanks to the kind generosity of so many people.”

John, who lived in Porters Avenue in Dagenham before moving to Hornchurch, was diagnosed with the deadly Glioblastoma brain tumour in November 2013.

He said living under a “death sentence” prompted his decision to take part in the stunt, which has generated more than £2,600 for the brain tumour charity so far.

To make a donation to the Brain Tumour Charity visit the justgiving site:

www.justgiving.com/zipterrain4brains

Or text “ZTFB61 £3” to 70070. (Monetary value shown is a suggested donation amount).


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