Dan flies in to aid hospice

Dan Whiston gets ready to fly down the zipwire

Dan Whiston gets ready to fly down the zipwire

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Poulton skater and star of Dancing on Ice Dan Whiston isn’t unfamiliar with aerial work.

Regular viewers of the ITV1 series will have seen the star flying through the air as part of his high-speed routines – albeit attached to a harness – and taking part in daredevil moves as part of the show.

But none of it compared to a recent fundraising challenge the 36-year-old took on in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice in Wirral.

Dan and his most recent partner on Dancing on Ice, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, took part in a zip wire jump to raise money for the charity at Zip World, in North Wales – which has the highest, fastest and longest zip wire in Europe, 500ft above the ground.

Dan said: “It was absolutely fantastic, although terrifying at the same time.

“We went on a baby one first and I thought that was pretty scary, then they pointed up at the one we would be using.

“I couldn’t believe how high it was. And I couldn’t imagine how they had put it there as it was over a quarry and a lake and it took us about 20 minutes to get to the top of the mountain in an open four by four to get to it.

“Being at the top just before you go, that was terrifying.

“But when you know you are helping a good cause, you know it’s worth it.

“It goes at 100mph so it takes you just one minute to get to the bottom.

“It was probably one of most exhilarating things I’ve ever done and I would definitely do it again.

“Beth loved every minute of it, she is a real adrenalin junkie.

“She had been saying for ages we should do something for the charity and suggested this.

“I’m always happy to help out charities, especially children’s charities like our local hospice Brian House, so bring on the next challenge!”