City chiefs to zip along

Mayor Coun Norma Wright and deputy Coun Iain Kay see for themselves just what is involved in the Zip Wear Challenge.
Mayor Coun Norma Wright and deputy Coun Iain Kay see for themselves just what is involved in the Zip Wear Challenge.
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THE Mayor of Sunderland and her deputy are going down in the world – all in the name of charity.

Mayor Coun Norma Wright and Deputy Mayor Coun Iain Kay will be zipping across the River Wear on a wire to raise funds for SAFC Foundation and St Benedict’s Hospice.

The event, on April 21 and 22, will see participants hit speeds of up to 25mph as they zoom across the river from the Stadium of Light to Liebherr Cranes, 250 metres away and 45 metres below, on the opposite bank.

Event co-ordinator Katrina Quinn said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to do something very different and support two great causes in the process. I hope that the people of Sunderland will get behind this event and make it a huge success.”

St Benedict’s Hospice cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones through difficult times and beyond.

The charity relies on fund-raising to ensure its services can be provided at no cost to families and patients.

The SAFC Foundation is Sunderland AFC’s registered charity and uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that aim to improve lives.

The organisation relies on fund-raising for 95 per cent of project costs.

Registration for the event is £20 and participants are required to pledge to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. Alternatively places can be bought outright for £120.

To enter, call 551 5191 or e-mail katrina.quinn@safc.com

Alternatively, booking forms can be requested by texting ZIP to 81400.

Zip wire challenge participants must be aged 16 or over to take part and height and weight restrictions will apply.

The closing date for registration is Monday, April 18.

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