A flying start for the zipwire heroes

A strong team of 10 Superheroes jumped from the Wearmouth Bridge on Sunday 4th May to raise money for The Children’s Foundation’s Sunderland Royal Hospital Vpod Appeal. The event should raise near £1000 towards the appeal for the 3D Vpod units which help relax and entertain young patients whilst undergoing painful treatments.

Scott ‘Spiderman’ Clarkson, 41, 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”

Tracy Watson, 43, added “My daughter thought the zipwire would be good idea for a birthday surprise. It’s my birthday today, so I only found out I was taking part this morning. I thought I would be treated to a nice meal – not a jump from the Wearmouth Bridge, next year I want cake!”

Lesley Watson, Asda Superstore Community Life Champion, commented “As we are raising money for the Sunderland Royal Vpod Appeal, we thought taking part in the Zipwire would be a good way to kick-start our calendar of events. Four of our Asda Superstore Sunderland Colleagues have jumped today including me. 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!”

For more information about this appeal and how you can get involved to help raise money, please visit our Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Children’s Unit Appeal page or contact Natalina Sutherland on 0191 2820891 or email Natalina.sutherland@nuth.nhs.uk