Fundraisers took the plunge when they leapt from the Stadium of Light for charity

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Dozens of brave people took a leap of faith in a zip wire challenge in Sunderland.

Around 100 people got strapped in to fly from the roof of the Stadium of Light across the River Wear.

High fliers take on Zip Wear challenge.

High fliers take on Zip Wear challenge.

Once at the other end trained staff were waiting in the Liebherr Sunderland Works on the other side to catch the hardy adrenaline junkies.

Jemma Garrett, events manager at the Foundation of Light, the charity arm of the football club, said she was really pleased with the way the event went.

The charity’s ‘Zip Wear’ thrill-ride was initially scheduled for July, but had to be put back until Sunday,a

However, it didn't stop people from wanting to take the plunge, with the oldest jumper, Anastasia Blyth, taking part at the age of 81.

Dad and daughter, Nicola Flood and Peter Davidson, after they complete the zip wire challenge.

Dad and daughter, Nicola Flood and Peter Davidson, after they complete the zip wire challenge.

Jemma said: "We had around 100 people in total take part, which is good.

"We hope to have raised around £10,000 for the charity by the time all the money is collected in.

"I don't think people realise how expensive it is to actually put the event on."

Brave zippers soared 900ft from the roof of the Stadium of Light to Liebherr Sunderland Works on the opposite bank of the River Wear at a speed of 25mph.

The end of the zip wire challenge.

The end of the zip wire challenge.

Registration to take part in the event was £20 and participants were required to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

Jemma Garett Foundation of Light events manager Jemma Garrett said: “Zip Wear is a really unique opportunity to see the Stadium and the City of Sunderland from a different point of view that you don’t often get access to.

“When you’re stood on the roof of the Stadium of Light you really appreciate both the scale of the zip slide ride across the Wear and the fantastic views you get of the city."

Among those who took the plunge were dad and daughter pair, Nicola Flood, 44, and Peter Davidson, 77, both from Fulwell.

Danielle Ray of Houghton and Brain Thurgood of Stanley do the Zip Wear in fancy dress.

Danielle Ray of Houghton and Brain Thurgood of Stanley do the Zip Wear in fancy dress.

Retired Peter, said: "It was really good."

Beautician Nicola, added: "I really loved it. We managed to raise about £750 for the charity."

Gayle Cryer, 35, from Hebburn, said she loved the adrenaline rush of the plunge.

And, Patricia Crawford, from Sunderland, said: "It was great. I was scared, but I would do it again."

Ready to go.

Ready to go.