Sunderland hospice will benefit from team’s WearSlide

READY TO SLIDE: From left, St Benedict's porter Lee Maddox, Sean Cove, Steph Eadon, Chris Eadon and fundraising manager Catrina Flynn.

READY TO SLIDE: From left, St Benedict's porter Lee Maddox, Sean Cove, Steph Eadon, Chris Eadon and fundraising manager Catrina Flynn.

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A TEAM will get wet and wild as they take on a slippery challenge.

Sean Cove, 24, Steph Eadon, 23, and brother Chris Eadon, 26, took part in a dummy run for the WearSlide, which they will do in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice at Ryhope.

We’re all really sporty, so we can’t wait for the challenge and we’d urge others to sign up and raise funds for St Benedict’s too.

Steph Eadon

The trio, who all live in Washington, will be joined for the 300ft slide challenge at Herrington Country Park by Steph and Chris’ brother, Peter, 28, a captain at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, their sister, Sarah, 23, and Chris’ partner Toni Earl, 22.

The WearSliders have been keen to raise funds for the hospice as the Eadons’ father Phil, 57, has been receiving superb care there since January this year for throat cancer.

Steph, who’s head coach at Boldon Tennis Club, said: “They’ve taken such fantastic care of my dad that we wanted to give something back. The atmosphere at the hospice is so bright and welcoming and we thought this would be a good way to raise awareness of the work they do.

“We’re all really sporty, so we can’t wait for the challenge and we’d urge others to sign up and raise funds for St Benedict’s too.

“We’re aiming to raise a minimum of £600 between us by taking part in the WearSlide, and we know that every penny raised will be used to support patient care at the hospice, just like my dad’s receiving.”

Phil and wife, Anne, used to have a marketing and events company, The Allancia Group, before Phil’s illness, and he was well known as chairman of Newcastle United Women’s Football Club.

Anne said: “I’m so proud of them all doing this event for the hospice – and getting drenched for a good cause. They’re all really good sports.” Catrina Flynn, fund-raising manager at the hospice, said: “It’s wonderful that the Eadon family have chosen to raise funds for the hospice by taking part in WearSlide.

“We thought we’d help them out with a little practice session today – and they were very brave given the wind at Ryhope.”

The WearSlide event will take place for the first time on Saturday, April 25, with slots already sold out.

It will be set up the following day, when spaces are still available.

The two days will see hundreds of people ride down the 300ft slide, with a smaller one to be set up for youngsters.

People who want to sign up to take part in the WearSlide on behalf of the hospice can still reserve a place.

For more information contact the hospice on 512 8435 or email fundraising@stbenedicts.co.uk.