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Foundation Zip Slide Challenge Raises Thousands

Thousands of pounds has been raised for Newcastle United Foundation as adrenaline junkies launched themselves across St. James’ Park on a zip wire on Saturday.

A 90-strong team took part in the exhilarating charity challenge in which they travelled on a 150ft zip wire from Level 7 of the stadium’s towering Leazes Stand.

Brave participants, including Newcastle United Foundation supporters and fans and staff from the Club, took the plunge to boost the Foundation’s continued work in disadvantaged communities across the region, which benefits more than 50,000 children, young people and families each year.

Zip sliders were given a minimum requirement of £150 to raise in order to take part, however some dedicated fans have already smashed the target raising £450!

Charity campaigner ‘Geordie Jim’ was one of the participants taking part, raising money for both the Foundation and men’s Cancer research. He said:

 “Although I am absolutely petrified of heights, I could not pass up this opportunity to support the work of the Newcastle United Foundation and to raise awareness of and funds for Men’s Cancer research.”

Joan Richardson, 81 from Newcastle was our oldest zip slider to take on the challenge, and admitted to a mixture of nerves and excitement when at the top of level 7.

81 year old, Joan Richardson ahead of the zip slide on Saturday

“I was more excited than nervous.” Joan said.

“Once I said that I was going to do it, I knew I had to. Once the man said go, I went! No hesitation.”

Joan was our oldest participant taking part, proving that it is possible to conquer fears at any age.

Corporate teams also joined  us from EE, Zenith People and Asian Business Connections, where collectively, the group raised money for the worthy cause.

Recruitment company, Zenith People excited to take the plunge

All funds raised will enhance the Foundation’s health, educational and disability football projects across the North-East, which uses the power of football to engage, educated and improve lives.

Jen Rea, Newcastle United Foundation events and fundraising coordinator, said:

“Our aim this season is to reach even more disadvantaged children and young people in the North-East and those taking part in this Foundation zip wire event will certainly help us to achieve this.

“We raised thousands for the local community which is a fantastic amount and a huge thank you goes out to all that took part.”

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