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Fundraising is an Adventure Too: Baltic Zip Wire 2011

posted 2 Oct 2011, 08:31 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:07 ]
Steve enjoys the Baltic Zip Wire event
Exhilarating, frightening, thrilling, perilous, scary, exciting and adventurous were just some of the words used to describe today’s fundraising event. Nine leaders, group executive members, parents of young people and supporters showed how Scouting can provide an adventure for everyone as they took part in the Baltic Zip Wire event today.
Cubs support fundraisers at Baltic Zip Wire Event
A sleepy Sunday morning it certainly was not. We donned helmets and harnesses and nervously climbed to the top of the Baltic Flour Mill before taking our turn to sit on the edge and let ourselves go.

The zip wire was truly spectacular taking just 20 seconds to fly from the 140 foot building, over the Tyne, to the Quayside below. To put it into perspective, that’s nearly 4 times the height of Moor House’s climbing wall or the height of 10 double-decker buses stacked one on top of the other. At the top, we were reliably informed that the zip wire hits speeds of between 25 and 30 miles an hour.
Adults fundraise for the group by participating in the Baltic Zip Wire

Participants have been working hard to gain sponsorship and collectively it looks like they've raised nearly £1,000 which is a massive total. We're hugely grateful to everyone who participated, our thanks go to Dean Anderson, Geoff Duke (and Nicola for signing him up), Suzie Eldin, Kevin Keating, Peter Mason, Steven Miller, Steve Thomas and Lesley Thompson as well as everyone who gave up their Sunday morning to support (and counsel) us at the landing site. There’s still time to sponsor us, please add your name to the online sponsor form and we will contact you.

The biggest success of the event was the way it brought adults from across the Group together and we’re already talking about doing it again next year. If you're inspired by our photos and the story of the event please contact and the Group will contact you when we start to plan.

The Group fundraises throughout the year which enables us to keep the cost of our adventures as low as possible. Please support the Group by taking part in our ongoing fundraising activities through Easyfundraising and the evening Chronicle's Wish campaign, you can find out more on our fundraising pages.