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Sunderland daredevils zip wire from Stadium of Light

Zipping across the Wear to raise cash for the Foundation of Light and Help for Heroes - no turning back now as Rebecca gets ready to leap off the top of the Stadium of Light.

Zipping across the Wear to raise cash for the Foundation of Light and Help for Heroes - no turning back now as Rebecca gets ready to leap off the top of the Stadium of Light.

DAREDEVIL fund-raisers felt the wind in their hair as they stepped off the roof of the Stadium of Light.

Once again, thrill seekers took the quickest route possible from the top of the Black Cats’ home to Liebherr Cranes on the opposite side of the river – a 250-metre-long zip wire.

Following the success of the inaugural Zip Wear in April, adrenaline junkies were back, this time raising money for the Foundation of Light and Help For Heroes.

Spectators waited at the stadium to watch friends and loved ones shoot by, reaching speeds of up to 25 miles per hour as they navigated the 45-metre drop.

Among those taking the plunge was Miss Sunderland 2012 winner Rebecca Mason, who completed the challenge in her SAFC shirt and has so far raised £115.

“It was fantastic,” said the 19-year-old.

“Yes, I would definitely do it again but I do feel a bit shaky.

“It’s not that bad at all, it’s something you don’t get to do every day either.”

Following Rebecca was Foundation of Light apprentice Rhys Atchinson.

The 17-year-old, who has raised £170, said: “It was really good, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

“It felt bouncy so that was alright.”

Helen Roffe, 23, from Grangetown, was among the first to tackle the Zip Wear and managed to raise an impressive £350 with the help of her Dad and his football-playing friends.

She said: “My dad made all the others at the leisure centre sponsor us.

“It was alright, it was just the jumping off I was worried about.

“I thought I’d have to be pushed, but it was OK.

“I’d do it again, a bigger one though!”

Hannah Lowerson, 24, from Houghton, who raised £120, also enjoyed her jump. “It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be,” she said.

“I’d definitely do it again, I wish I could go back up and do it again now.”

Travelling from Ashington to take part was 40-year-old Jamie Darling, who has so far raised around £100.

He said: “It was a good buzz, well worth doing.

“I think a few people were seeing if I was alive afterwards before they donate.”

Twitter: @sunechomark

 

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