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Crossing the Tyne in half the time

On Saturday 14th April, 40 of our wonderful supporters completed a zip wire challenge off the Tyne Bridge on NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Supporters got behind the challenge and have so far managed to raise an impressive £7665 for St Oswald’s, with donations still coming in. Staff members, volunteers and supporters really got involved in the day and luckily the sun was shining so it was a great day for everyone.

We managed to speak to some of our supporters who were daring enough to take on the challenge over the River Tyne.

Ellen Casson and her mam Clare were amongst some of the people taking part. Ellen commented:

It was amazing! I’d definitely do the zip wire challenge again, and it was great to know I was supporting such a great cause while doing it. I really enjoyed myself.

Clare added:

I’ve always wanted to do a zip wire challenge but I never thought I’d actually get to do one. I googled the event and found that St Oswald’s were doing one. My daughter, Ellen, has previously run the Junior Great North Run for the Hospice, so we thought we’d do this together as it’s such a great cause.


I’m turning 50 this year, and I wanted to get a few things done off my bucket list. I want to keep doing events for St Oswald's and I’m considering doing the Sahara Trek next. It looks amazing.

Everyone seemed to be running high on adrenaline, the weather was amazing putting a smile on everyone’s faces before they event started and many commented on how much they had enjoyed the day.

Another supporter Roxanna said:

I was absolutely terrified before I did the zip wire and I had butterflies in my stomach. As I was walking up I was shaking and feeling so scared but now I’ve done it I could do it again. It was great fun and such an adrenaline rush.


I’ve done this for my grandma, she was an inspirational woman and I know she’s looking down on me now.

Danielle Calender, Fundraiser at St Oswald’s commented:

I loved it, it was a great day and I’d love to do it again. It was nice for me to see if from both sides as I also took part in the challenge. Some of our supporters seemed nervous but afterwards they we’re begging to do it again, along with me too.


Challenges like this really help the Hospice raise the £7.5million it needs each year to keep the doors open. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved and completed the challenge.

If you’d like to get involved in one of our Life List challenges please visit our web page here, or get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 0191 246 9123.

To check out the smiling faces from the day please see below.


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