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Ann zips over the river Tyne

Ann Hannah gives a big thumbs up as she comes back down to the ground after her zip slide across the river Tyne for charity.

Ann Hannah gives a big thumbs up as she comes back down to the ground after her zip slide across the river Tyne for charity.

A group of intrepid fundraisers took the plunge to raise money for charity.

More than 40 took part in a zip slide from the Tyne Bridge to the car park of HMS Calliope on the Gateshead side of the river to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Friends, family and charity staff braved the heavy rain to cheer on the participants, who included Ann Hannah, from Whitley Bay.

She said: “Once I arrived and met some of the others I did calm a little and took in the enjoyment and excitement of what was about to happen.

“It was absolutely fantastic, an experience I shall never forget. I would recommend it to everyone, I am still on a high.

“My sponsor money is still coming in but so far I have raised £150.”

Seven members of staff from Appletree Gardens First School also took part in the zipwire, raising money for the PTFA.

Lucy Smith, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We were thrilled that so many people signed up to do the zip wire for the hospice, it’s fantastic.”

She added: “The atmosphere on the day was wonderful and everyone I spoke to commented on what an experience it has been.

“We rely on supporters who take part in fundraising events such as this one to help raise the £6.5m needed each year to continue providing care and support to local north east families.”

 

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