Zip across the Tyne for charity

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Zip across the Tyne for Action For Kids

A national charity is looking for 21 intrepid people from the North East to follow in the footsteps of TV adventurer Bear Grylls by zip sliding across the Tyne.

Last summer, Bear zipped across the Tyne with the Olympic Torch as part of the Newcastle/Gateshead Olympic Torch Relay celebrations and now national disability charity Action For Kids is calling on other budding daredevils to rise to the challenge.

As Action For Kids celebrates its 21st birthday this year, it is inviting thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies to do a charity zip slide and raise vital funds for disabled children, young people and their families.

The zip slide from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, on 29th and 30th June, starts 40m up from the roof of BALTIC and travels 280m diagonally across the river before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.

“Zip sliding is a fun way to raise vital funds for the charity,” says Lucy Duxbury, Fundraising and Community Events Officer at Action For Kids. “After seeing Bear Grylls zip across the Tyne last summer, we’re sure there are dozens of people out there secretly itching to do the same this year!”

Action For Kids is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

Lucy adds: “To do the zip slide for Action For Kids only costs £45 per person. All you need to do is to pay your own registration fee and then raise as much money as you can for the charity.

“In addition, all those joining up to zip for Action For Kids will receive lots of fundraising support, including a welcome pack full of hints and tips and a personalised Action For Kids T-shirt.”

The zip slides are delivered by Zip Slides UK, which has delivered over 90 events since 2009, involving 20,000 participants, and has a 100% safety record.

To find out more about the zip slide events organised by Zip Slides UK and to book your place, go to

For more information about zip sliding to raise funds for Action For Kids, please contact Lucy on 020 8347 8111, email, or visit