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Fundraising is an Adventure Too - BALTIC Zip Wire 2014

posted 5 Jul 2014, 06:09 by Stephen Harrison
Exhilerating, exciting, amazing and frightening were just a few of the word used to describe this year's BALTIC Zip Wire and it's fair to say, there are fewer more exciting ways to fundraise than by throwing yourself off one of the area's tallest landmarks all in the aid of a really great cause. That's what 12 brave volunteers did this weekend to raise money for the scout group and to have a fantastic experience.

As you can see by the pictures, it's truly terrifying when you let go 140 feet above the Tyne and let the zip wire quickly take you on your way to the other side.

The event at the BALTIC Flour Mill showed how scouting offers adventure to adults as well as young people as we roped in parents and supporters to help us raise money for new camping equipment. Amazing, terrifying, thrilling, and exhilarating, were just some of the words used describe the event.

It took just 20 seconds each for the twelve leaders, parents of young people and supporters to fly from the top of the BALTIC 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. On the way down, the zip wire hits speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour.

Participants have been working hard to gain sponsorship and collectively it looks like they've raised around £1,000 which is a massive total. We're hugely grateful to everyone who participated, our thanks go to John Dunbar, John Henderson, Ben Henderson, Christine Markham, Derek Price, Craig Martin, Matthew Willcock, Jill MacDonald, Craig Johnson and Jade Wallis as well as everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to support at the bottom on the Quayside.

The BALTIC Zip Wire also enabled young leader Chris and scout Matthew to raise funds to support their trip to the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan as well as participants from 1st Fatfield and 1st Washington raising money for their groups.

One of the biggest successes of the event is the way it brings together adults from across the group and every year new volunteers come forward to support the group and the event for the first time. We're already planning to do it again next year and we're also on the look out for alternative sponsored events to do. If you're inspired by our photos and the story of the event please contact and when we start to plan, you'll get a copy of the event details.

There's still time to sponsor one of the group by using our online giving page at

Fundraising for the group is just one of the ways you can volunteer flexibly at 3rd Washington Scouts, if you have some time to spare, no matter how small, contact us about volunteering or find out more about at and help support the group to provide adventure to young people in the North and West of Washington.