VIDEO: Thrill-seekers zip wire across River Wear

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DAREDEVILS swooped from the Wearmouth Bridge to raise funds for worthy causes.

Almost 200 people soared through the Sunderland sky on a zip wire across the river.

Stephanie Robson took part in the Sunderland Live Zip Wire event on Sunday, she was raising money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity.

Stephanie Robson took part in the Sunderland Live Zip Wire event on Sunday, she was raising money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity.

The brave souls included student Stephanie Robson, who recently secured a place in the prestigious Miss England beauty pageant, after winning the qualifying heat of Miss 24 Carat.

The 20-year-old, from Seaburn, was raising money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity.

Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, also got in on the act. “It was brilliant,” he said. “You’re a bit shaky when you get on the edge of the bridge.

“But when you get off and the wind is in your face, it’s lovely.”

Coun Mary Turton, who serves the Sandhill ward, also took the plunge from the bridge.

Her granddaughter Isabel Grace celebrated her first birthday this week, and has spent much of her young life at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, receiving life-saving treatment for a severe heart condition.

Coun Turton said: “Our whole family is very grateful for the work of all the staff at the heart unit, and this fund-raising is my way of saying thank you.

“I also did it on behalf of another family in my ward, whose daughter Ruby has also been treated at the Freeman Hospital.“

Also taking part was Heather Robinson, who was raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Heather said: “My great-aunt is registered blind and has had a guide dog for many years now. Without it, life would be an even greater struggle than it already is.

“Seeing the difference a guide dog can make just brings it home what a great cause this is.”