Berkeley Insurance Group take on the Zip Wire Challenge


We are delighted to announce that Berkeley Insurance Group have nominated The Y as their chosen Charity of The Year. This year The Y will be working closely with the city centre based insurance firm and we look forward to exciting opportunities and events together across the year.

“Young homeless people face massive challenges everyday and hopefully our taking part in the zip wire challenge is a small contribution towards supporting them. The Y is an amazing organisation and we are really proud to be working with them.” Tim Maxted, Chief Executive of Berkeley Insurance Group and the High Sheriff of Leicestershire.

Last week, the team from Berkeley Insurance took on the Zip Wire Challenge at Victoria Park to fundraise for The Y. We are very gratefully to the team for raising over £1400, a brilliant achievement!

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NatWest Leicestershire Team Zip Wire for The Y


We are delighted to announce that NatWest Leicestershire Business Banking Team have nominated The Y as their chosen Charity of The Year.

Earlier this year, NatWest invited The Y and Twenty Twenty along to the Women in Business Network Event. Profits raised from the night were kindly donated to both charities.

We were equally excited when the team joined us at the Zip Wire event in Victoria Park. At a height of 31m and 200m across, the brave NatWest team enjoyed marvellous views of Leicester’s sky line before taking the leap for charity.


Zip Wire Challenge June 2017


So the 21st of June is now famous in Leicester for two reasons… One… like everywhere else, it’s the Summer Solstice, but Two… unlike everywhere else… Leicester had a Zip Wire, seven double decker buses high, dominating our city’s skyline.

There’s been many a happy happening on Vicky Park over the years; the famous Caribbean Carnival, LCFC’s party following their premiership win, Kasabian rockin out to a sell-out crowd… among many others, but no other event was based… in the sky! The 200 metre long zip wire stretched from the pavilion, all the way down to Victoria Park Road and gave its riders the thrill of 40 mph speeds. Here at The Y, we had our fingers crossed the weather would hold out for the event and there wouldn’t be any stormy spoilers. Well that sun… she certainly kept her hat on, a tad too tight some might say… It was the hottest June day for 40 years!

So we had the Zip Wire, we had the weather… what about the folk willing to be hiked up over 30 metres into a cloudy sky?? Where were they?.. They were everywhere! There was The Y’s very own Fab Four, a big group from Berkeleys Insurance Group, and the guys from NatWest, Overdale School and Sir Jonathan North School, not forgetting all our beautiful individual supporters who thought they’d get in on the action too!

The Y, were one of three charities, people were riding the Zip Wire to support. Along with Spark Arts and Alex’s Wish, we witnessed a steady flow of Zippers throughout the day, all willing to walk off a platform at the top of a crane and zooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom along the wire – for charity! (Obviously they had security harnesses – but all the same – it’s a blooming long way up!) These supporters kept on coming all day and not only had they paid a registration fee, they’d collected sponsorship monies along the way too! At this point we’re still counting The Y’s fundraising total, but it’s looking very likely, that we will just about topple the £3K mark – which is awesomes!!!

We’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported the three charities, the zipper/zoomers, the guys from Vertical Events – who kept the crowds calm and safe, the Vicky Park groundsmen and the passers-by who found the spectacle so exciting, they took pictures as they made their way across the park! Thanks to you all – here’s to next year x

Michelle Haggerty-Wood


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