ADRENALINE junkies will be flocking to Sunderland this weekend to take part in the WearSlide event.
Plans to bring the giant slide to the city today proved so popular that organisers added an extra date for Sunday for charity sliders.
Throughout this weekend fund-raisers and fun-lovers will be launching themselves down the 100metre waterslide at Herrington Country Park.
Tickets for the slide went on sale six months ago, but were sold out within minutes.
As well as the adult slide there is also a less adrenaline-fuelled 50metre run for children and those of a less adventurous disposition.
The slide originated when artist, Luke Jerram, installed a 95metre slide in Bristol’s Park Street last May and more than 96,000 people joining a ballot for the 360 places available.
Sunderland Live secured the rights to do the same on Wearside – and an appeal to the public to show their support met with an overwhelming response.
Chris Alexander, Sunderland Live’s chief operating officer, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the public. With the 100 metre slide selling out in 90 minutes there is clearly a real demand and interest for events of this nature in Sunderland.”
He said WearSlide is bringing people into the city and could even become a regular event.
On Sunday, the WearSlide will be exclusively for groups of people and those taking part to raise money for charity.
Among them will be Team Eadon who will be raising money for St Benedict’s Hospice.
Twins Steph and Sarah Eadon, 23, and their brother, Chris Eadon, 26, will be joined by Chris’ partner Toni Earl, 22 and their friend, Sean Cove, 24, and neighbour, Tracey Page, to take part in the challenge in memory of the Eadons’ dad, Phil, 57, who died last month following a battle with throat cancer.
The Rickleton family want to raise as much money as they can for the hospice where they say Phil received amazing care and support during his illness.
Phil’s wife Anne, 58, said: “We could never repay them for what they did. Now, we want to helop other families.”