Girl guides take to the skies in daring zip wire challenge across Manchester Ship Canal

By Sean-Paul Doran

A group of daring girl guides took to the skies of Manchester this weekend as part of an initiative to encourage members of Girlguiding NWE to embrace the outdoors.

Thirty guides, Senior Section members and adult Leaders from across Manchester joined 150 others from the region to zip wire from the Imperial War Museum to the Lowry on Saturday, crossing the Manchester Ship Canal in the process.

The ‘Up High’ challenge was one of a series of events across the North West over the weekend with participants raising money for local guiding groups as well as charities such as The Christie Hospital, Derian House and Urban Riders.   

Nazeefa Fatima, 19, from Burnage District Rangers was one of the adventurous youths to take up the staggering 260metre challenge and she was thrilled to take part.

She said: “That was really so much fun!  I chose to take on the zip wire as a challenge to myself – and I did it! 

“It was certainly a challenge but such a great opportunity – I’d do it again.”

Elizabeth McKenzie, 12, a guide from Greater Manchester was one of the younger participants but she didn’t let her age get in the way of an exciting opportunity.

 “I was really nervous at the start but it felt good achieving the zip wire challenge,” she said.

‘Up High’ was created by Girlguiding North West England and aimed to bring members from across the whole region together to get outdoors, meet new people and try something new.

Over a third of girls and young women in the UK are involved in guiding and Girlguiding North West England has over 66,000 members and recognised volunteers, covering areas from Lancashire and Cheshire to Merseyside and Cumbria.

Sue Lomas, Chief Commissioner for North West England, said: “The zip wire challenge was certainly a bold one but watching all of the young women put any nerves aside and take part was absolutely fantastic.

“Guiding puts girls in the lead and is a place where young women can spend time developing their confidence and trying things they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do.

“This is the perfect example of the kind of experiences guiding offers. I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to give us a call to see just how much they could get out of it!”

If you would like to get involved with guiding either as a young member or a volunteer there are a wide range of exciting opportunities available. For more information please visit or call 01772 823331.

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