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Zip wire fund-raising for young patients at Sunderland hospital

Scott Spiderman Clarkson, 41, with Jane Cooper, 23, and Gary Young, 18, preparing for a charity zip wire jump off Sunderland's Wearmouth Bridge

Scott Spiderman Clarkson, 41, with Jane Cooper, 23, and Gary Young, 18, preparing for a charity zip wire jump off Sunderland's Wearmouth Bridge

A MUM, dad and daughter were among superheroes flying off the Wearmouth Bridge to raise money for sick kids.

Scott Clarkson, wife Tracy and daughter Bethany took off on Sunday as part of The Children’s Foundation superhero team, fund-raising for Sunderland Royal Hospital Children’s Unit.

Scott, a director of a production company, dressed as Spider-Man. He said: “It was great to jump. The worst bit was climbing over the bridge.

“Once I was flying, I didn’t want it to end – it was really quite pleasant.”

Although the 41-year-old had planned the jump, Tracy, 43, was roped in at the last minute as a birthday surprise by 13-year-old Bethany, AKA ‘Captain America Girl’.

She said: “My daughter thought the zip wire would be good idea for a birthday surprise. It was my birthday on Sunday and I only found out I was taking part that morning.

“I thought I would be treated to a nice meal - not a jump from the Wearmouth Bridge. Next year I want cake.”

A team of 10 superheroes jumped from the bridge to raise money for the Sunderland Royal Hospital Vpod Appeal.

Four of the daring jumpers were supermarket workers from Asda in Sunderland.

Lesley Watson, Asda Superstore community life champion, said: “As we are raising money for the appeal, we thought taking part in the zip wire would be a good way to kick-start our calendar of events.

“It was great – I’ve been involved in many fundraising activities over the years, but this was great fun.

“We only adopted the charity last week, so it was a bit of rush to get some colleagues involved – I was surprised at how many wanted to do it.”

It is hoped the zip wire will raise £1000 towards three Vpod units, which help relax and entertain young patients during painful treatment.

To make a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TCFSunderland.

 

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