Zip down to grotto for a cash splash

l-r Emily Parkin, Students Union Welfare Officer; Barry Crake; Tobias Barker, Students Union  President.

l-r Emily Parkin, Students Union Welfare Officer; Barry Crake; Tobias Barker, Students Union President.

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DAREDEVILS from across Wearside are all wired up for a zip-wire challenge.

Fund-raisers from the University of Sunderland will be taking part in the charity zipwire and abseiling event to support a student fund.

Barry Crake has organised the challenge near Marsden Grotto to raise money for his own charity, the Human Life Trust, which helps victims of scarring and skin conditions.

But he’s invited other charities along to take up the opportunity of boosting funds for their own good causes.

The university’s development office is encouraging students, past and present, to take part and raise money for the Future’s Fund, which supports excellence and opportunity for those studying at Sunderland.

Those taking part in the event, which will be held on October 8 and 9, have the choice of either a 70ft zip-wire drop from the top of the cliffs down to Marsden Beach, or they can abseil from Marsden Grotto’s roof down to the beach below.

Tobias Barker, Students’ Union president at Sunderland University, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity that the student union is fully behind and fits in perfectly with our Raise And Give initiatives towards supporting and raising money for many great charities and causes.”

Thrill-seekers need to raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship.

For more information on signing up, email the university alumni office at askalex@wearunited.org

Other charities also being represented at the event are Cancer Connections, Cancer Research, Brothers in Arms, Macmillan Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, SAFC Foundation, Wearside Women in Need and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Barry said: “We are giving any charity or sports club, whether it be a judo club or an individual who needs special care, the chance to join in.”

Anyone can register for the event for £20, by visiting www.humanlifetrust.org.uk or calling 0845 4750480.

Participants must be aged over 12.

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