Zipping across the River Tyne for Paget's
Our Specialist Paget’s Nurse, Diana Wilkinson, volunteered to Zip Slide from the iconic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, across the river Tyne, to raise awareness of Paget's Disease of Bone, as well as vital funds to support those with the condition.
Diana explains why she took part: “I’ve seen first-hand how hard it is to raise funds for a condition that many have never heard of. I wanted to do something special to help those who come to the Paget’s Association for support. This was a huge challenge for me. I looked up the definition of a zip wire. It said, ‘a cable stretched between two points of different heights, down which a person slides for amusement’ and an alternate name was ‘death slide’. Well, climbing the ladder and getting over the edge was very scary but after that it was fabulous! It would not have been worthwhile without raising lots of funds for the Charity so I want to say a massive thank you to all those who have sponsored me and for the messages of support. Thanks also to the Chairman of the Paget's Association, Professor Roger Francis, and my family, who came to support me on the day."
You can still sponsor Diana by choosing one of the following:
Go to the sponsorship fundraising page by following this link (Virgin Money Giving website)
Telephone the office on 0161 7994646 with your debit or credit card details (during office hours) or post a cheque (payable to the Paget's Association) to Paget's Association, Suite 5, Moorfield House, Moorside Rd, Swinton, Manchester, M27 0EW.
Could you Zip for Paget's?
Zip Slide events take place in other areas. This particular one slide starts from the Newcastle side of the Tyne Bridge, 35 metres above the Newcastle quayside. It then travels diagonally across the River Tyne, finishing on the Gateshead side of the river, in the car park of HMS Calliope. The zip slide is 269 metres long and if you can bear to look, has fantastic views of both sides of the river. The event is managed by Zip Slides UK. Information about this and other events from ZipSlides UK can be found here