Friday 22 March 2013

The RSPCA wants to hear from animal-loving adrenaline junkies who want to take on the iconic Tyne Bridge zip slide challenge and raise money for the charity.


The event takes place at 10am on Saturday 11 May. Entry is £35 and those taking part are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, which will go towards helping some of the most cruelly treated and neglected animals in the North of England.


RSPCA regional fundraising manager Amy Smith said: “This is one for the daredevils out there.


“The Tyne Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the region and this is a chance to do something totally unforgettable whilst raising vital funds for the RSPCA and the work we do.


“If you’re looking for an exciting way to support us this could be it.”


The zip slide starts at the Newcastle side of the bridge and travels 230 metres diagonally across the River Tyne finishing at HMS Calliope on the Gateshead side.


The minimum age for taking part is 16 and anyone under 18 years old must have parental consent.


Graham Peart (pictured far right) completed the challenge for the RSPCA last year. He said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to take on a slightly different fundraising challenge.


“It was great to raise money for the RSPCA, it’s a really worthy cause, but I got such a lot out of it personally too, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”


Graham raised £232.50 for his efforts. At a cost of £15 a day for a homeless dog and £9.40 for a cat that means his contribution enabled the RSPCA to provide more than two weeks of care and attention whilst looking for a new owner.


To sign up or for more information about the event please contact Amy by emailing or calling 0300 123 8827 as soon as possible.