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Zipslide fundraisers have an amazing Tyne!

30 April 2019
Zipslide fundraisers have an amazing Tyne! One iconic bridge. Eight brave fundraisers. Two hundred metres between a leap of faith and dry land.

Cats Protection supporters from across the region zipped off the Tyne Bridge last week – all in the name of fundraising!

Eight ‘Cat Champions’ took on the challenge with the aim to raise vital funds for the charity and between them generated an incredible sum of £2,206.

Of that total, representatives from Gateshead and Newcastle Branch brought in just over £1,500 in sponsorship and gift aid.

The money raised will directly benefit the local branch – ran entirely by volunteers – and the cats and kittens in its care.

Tony Heald travelled from his home in Dublin to Newcastle especially for the event. “I’d never done a zipslide before so I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for,” he admitted.

“But it was a lot of fun and I’m glad we raised so much money for Cats Protection. I hope to take on another challenge soon and I’ll definitely be supporting the charity again!”

The Tyne Bridge Zipslide is an exhilarating 230m zipwire. Participants take off from the bridge and touch down adjacent to the HMS Caliopi on the Gateshead side of the river.

Gateshead and Newcastle Branch are now appealing for thrill-seeking supporters to sign up for a second Zipslide event in October, as well as the Great North Run in September.

If you’d like to take part in the Tyne Bridge Zipslide, you can register for the autumn event now: https://www.cats.org.uk/tynezipautumn