Sunderland College worker completes Sport Relief mile on a spacehopper + VIDEO

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BOUNCING high in the air, college worker Dan Patrickson springs into action as Sport Relief gets under way on Wearside.

From running and swimming to congas and Zumba, fund-raisers across Sunderland are getting active in aid of the campaign.

Sunderland College enrichment officer, Dan Patrickson is cheered on by staff and students from the college as he sets off to complete his Sport Relief Mile on a space hopper.

Sunderland College enrichment officer, Dan Patrickson is cheered on by staff and students from the college as he sets off to complete his Sport Relief Mile on a space hopper.

Sunderland College enrichment officer Dan grabbed a spacehopper to complete a mile circuit for Sport Relief.

Students from the college’s Hylton Campus also did the mile course wearing fancy dress.

Dan, 26, who took about 20 minutes to hop the mile, said: “I didn’t realise quite how hard it would be or how much support I would receive.

“Sport Relief is a great cause to support and, although my legs are feeling really sore now, I’m sure I’ll look back on the hop with fond memories.”

Fund-raisers will line up for the Sport Relief Mile in Silksworth on Sunday as part of a weekend of activities.

Bakers are today taking part in a cake-off, as they each whip-up a three-tier sponge, for Sports Relief at Austin House Family Centre in Southwick.

Centre cook Jean Hopper and youth worker Stuart Turnbull will then judge their creations and slices of cake will be sold off for £1.

A zumbathon was then being held on the afternoon to burn off some calories.

Sport Relief uses games and fitness activities to raise money for needy people in the UK and abroad.

*See tomorrow’s Echo for a full roundup of Sport Relief activities in Sunderland and East Durham.