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‘Geordie Jim’ Signs Up For Foundation Zip Slide

Charity campaigner Jim Thompson, known as ‘Geordie Jim’, has signed up to participate in this year’s Zip Slide at St. James Park on 11 April.

The Magpie’s fan, who was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer five years ago and campaigns tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease, will face his fears to raise funds for the Newcastle United Foundation and Movember UK. 

Jim will join the 130 strong team and take to the roof of St James’ Park to zip wire the 140 feet to the hallowed turf below them.

On signing up to the event, ‘Geordie Jim’ 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.”

Newcastle United Foundation uses the power of football and Newcastle United to change lives and build better futures. Every year, we make a real difference to the lives of 50,000 disadvantaged children, young adults and families across the North East by continually tackling issues such as childhood obesity, youth unemployment, and making sport accessible to all. 

The Foundation will be working closely with Movember in 2015 to raise awareness of Men’s cancer, and help men in Newcastle to understand the risks and symptoms of male cancers. 

Jen Rea, Events and Fundraising co-ordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, added:

“I am delighted that Jim has decided to take on the zip slide and raise funds for the Foundation.

“I appreciate how difficult it can be facing your fears so for Jim to take on this challenge to raise funds for the Foundation and Movember is a real testament to his character.”

Foundation Health and Wellbeing Project Manager, Charlotte Dodson, commented:

“Jim taking part in this event is not only brave but is a powerful way for him to raise awareness about prostate cancer. We are looking forward to welcoming him to St James’ Park.”

If you would like to support the Newcastle United Foundation by sponsoring ‘Geordie Jim’ you can do so here.

Limited places are available for anyone that wants to join the team and take on the challenge! For more information click here.

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