Zipping to help out the hospice

Emma and Amy Anderson
Emma and Amy Anderson
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Ten people braved a zip-wire challenge in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland, helping to raise more than £2,000.

The four-figure sum is a vital boost to the charity, which could provide 100 nursing hours.

Joanne and Simon Hulme and Zoe Frais

Joanne and Simon Hulme and Zoe Frais

Kind-hearted residents from around north Northumberland took on the Tyne Bridge Zip Wire on Sunday, April 17.

The zip slide off the iconic bridge started from the Newcastle side, travelling diagonally across the River Tyne for 230metres before finishing at HMS Calliope on the Gateshead side of the river.

Among those to tackle the event for the cause were Amy and Emma Anderson, from Alnwick.

They said: “When we got the HospiceCare newsletter informing us of the zip wire, we jumped at the chance to do it, as HospiceCare is a really great local charity providing a lot of care and support for people in our community.

Emma Anderson in full flight

Emma Anderson in full flight

“We were really excited and nervous. Climbing the step ladder to get onto the Tyne Bridge was pretty scary, the chap said ‘after three or pushed?’.

“‘Pushed please’ we shouted to him and then we were off down the zip at a speed of 25mph – it was amazing, we would definitely do it all again! We want to thank family and friends for all the support and helping us raise more than £300 for the hospice.”

This is still time to sponsor the pair by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Amy-Anderson4

Zoe Frais, a trustee at HospiceCare North Northumberland, also took part with friends Joanne and Simon Hulme and Christine Gale.

The HospiceCare North Northumberland team

The HospiceCare North Northumberland team

Zoe, who dressed as Wonder Woman for the challenge, said “I would like to thank all the people who sponsored me, they were extremely generous and helped me raise nearly £500. It is so important that we support the invaluable work of the hospice.

“Our nursing team do an amazing job delivering care into the homes of those who need it. Each year the hospice has the relentless challenge of raising  £400,000 and this comes mainly from our generous community.

“I really enjoyed my zipping experience and hope that people will see what fun it is and join us in our fund-raising activities in the future.”

Rebecca Taylor, events and community fund-raiser at HospiceCare, said the charity was really proud of the team of 10, which also included Jess Gale, Alex Gale, Charlotte Pfingsten and Korryn Mitchell.

HospiceCare has centres in Alnwick and Berwick and it is north Northumberland’s only local hospice providing personalised care and support for patients, carers and families. It has a dedicated team of health-care assistants who have all the necessary skills and knowledge to care and support patients, carers and families in their own home, working in partnership with other health and social-care providers. The timing of care and support delivered is tailored around the needs of the patient and family or carer. To find out more about fund-raising for HospiceCare, contact Rebecca or Emma by emailing fundraising@hopsicecare-nn.org.uk or calling 01665 606515. To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/nnh