Spiderman-like fundraisers zip wire across the Wear + VIDEO

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HUNDREDS of brave fund-raisers plunged from the roof of the Stadium of Light to raise thousands of pounds for charities.

Saturday and yesterday saw the first zip slide across the River Wear, to raise money for the SAFC Foundation and St Benedict’s Hospice.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Pictured is Faye Johnson sister of Manchester City footballer Adam Johnson who was taking part in aid of the Dale Roberts Community Interest Company. Goalkeeper Dale was a friend of Adams who died early last year.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Pictured is Faye Johnson sister of Manchester City footballer Adam Johnson who was taking part in aid of the Dale Roberts Community Interest Company. Goalkeeper Dale was a friend of Adams who died early last year.

The Zip Wear challenge attracted more than 400 entrants, travelling 250 metres – and dropping 45 metres – from the stadium to Liebherr Cranes on the opposite bank.

The event will raise more than £50,000 for the two causes.

Click here to watch a slideshow of pictures from the event

Among the spectators was Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Norma Wright, who watched a Mayoral Party – which included Deputy Mayor Coun Barbara McClennan – take on the challenge.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Sunderland Echo business reporter Kevin Clark in the zip wire on Saturday in memory of Trevor Hoyland and Ian Laws who both died earlier this year.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Sunderland Echo business reporter Kevin Clark in the zip wire on Saturday in memory of Trevor Hoyland and Ian Laws who both died earlier this year.

Also taking part was Faye Johnson, sister of Manchester City winger Adam, who was raising money in memory of her brother’s best friend Dale Roberts – who he grew up with in East Durham – and Echo reporter Kevin Clark in memory of colleagues Trevor Hoyland and Ian Laws.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jonathan Cole dressed as Spider-Man to take part.

Jonathan, from Houghton, was delighted to be raising money for two such worthy causes.

The Cancer Research UK volunteer said: “When my mum was critically ill with cancer, she spent time in a hospice, so I know what they do for patients and their families.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday.

“And I work with the SAFC Foundation in my role with Jobcentre Plus.”

Foundation board member Darren Williams said: “The buzz from zipping across the Wear at 30mph was truly awesome.

“And it was made even more special knowing how much money had been raised for two great charities, including the SAFC Foundation which is very close to my heart. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me.”

Event co-ordinator Katrina Quinn said organisers had been overwhelmed with the response.

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Spiderman Jonathan Cope

Zip wire event from the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the River Wear to Leibherr on the south side, Sunderland on Saturday. Spiderman Jonathan Cope

“We are absolutely delighted with the turnout for our first Zip Wear event.

“I’d like to send a big thank you to all those daredevils who took part and raised much-needed funds for two great causes.”

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