Josh Carter was against eight-year-old Niall Braithwait | Photo: Stephen Rayner/MAF

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A radio presenter from Folkestone took part in a 60m zipline race in aid of a life-saving air service.

Josh Carter braved the adrenaline challenge at the Big Church Day Out in West Sussex over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

Before getting into the harness for his very first zipline experience, Josh was showcasing international musical artists, including Mica Paris, on the festival’s Garden stage.

The radio presenter is best known for his Sunday morning show on Academy FM and for setting up Radio Church from his home in Folkestone during the first lockdown.

Josh admits the zipline race, benefiting international charity Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), was “terrifying”, reaching speeds of up to 21mph.

He said:

“I normally avoid this stuff – it was higher and scarier than I thought it would be, and I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. But being terrified for MAF was worth it. I would do all of this again and much more for such great charity!

He faced eight-year-old Niall Braithwait from Bexleyheath, who was celebrating his birthday. Niall earned the chance to race against Josh by catching one of MAF’s paper planes while waiting in line.

Niall said: “I’m actually so happy that I got to race the MAF zipline on my birthday. But I’m just even happier to have won!

“It was my first zip line, but it wasn’t that scary. I didn’t know much about MAF, but now I know they have all these cool planes around the world.

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The zip line, named “The Big MAF Take-off”, was designed to give the public a taste of the charity’s aeronautical work.

The Christian organization flies light aircraft over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts to enable relief, development and mission organizations to provide medical care, emergency relief and development long term to remote communities around the world.

The MAF believe at least 1,800 people braved the 60m zip line over the two days of the festival, raising more than £5,500 for the charity’s international air service.