Zipwiring across the Tyne to support gender equality

Jane and Sophie Johnson.
Jane and Sophie Johnson.

A mother and daughter from north Northumberland have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by zipwiring across the River Tyne.

Jane and Sophie Johnson, from Alnwick, jumped from the top of the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead, before landing the other side of the river on Newcastle’s Quayside.

The daring stunt, which took place last month, raised £400 for global children’s charity Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign.

The campaign aims to support girls in the developing world, so they can get an education, live free from violence and fulfil their potential.

“I was quite emotional at the top thinking about the young girls who are denied basic human rights all over the world,” said Sophie.

“We proudly wore our Because I am a Girl t-shirts as we took the plunge.

Jane, 53, head gardener at a private estate, was terrified, but said the cause made it all worthwhile.

Trainee teacher Sophie, 23, added: “The rights of women and girls are something we both see as vital.

“I am extremely passionate about the equality of women and the importance of an education for all.

“I feel gender equality is something that has to be achieved all over the world.

“The response we had was fantastic and everybody has been so generous.

“This is a fantastic cause and we both feel very proud to be part of something this special.”

For more information on Plan’s work or to make a donation, call 0800 526 848 or visit

l Last week, the Gazette reported that Vera Edwards, also from Alnwick, is planning to zipwire across the Tyne in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland to mark her 71st birthday.