Fundraisers' zip-slide charity challenge

VIDEO Ipswich Town have been looking for a Superman to help them score the goals that will fire them to promotion to the Premiership next season.

IPSWICH Town have been looking for a Superman to help them score the goals that will fire them to promotion to the Premiership next season.

But - dangled hundreds of feet above the hallowed Portman Road turf - this plucky daredevil isn't quite what manager Jim Magilton has in mind.

The brave fundraiser was taking part in the first ever charity zip-slide in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich this weekend.

Around 150 brave souls took part in the challenge - many deciding to dress up in amusing costumes, which also included a Santa Claus.

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Fundraisers travelled from the top tier of the Greene King Stand, 200 feet above the pitch, at a speed of about 30mph before landing at the bottom of the North Stand.

The first 'zipper', Sally Hewetson, a volunteer for the hospice, from Bentley, said: “It was absolutely wonderful. I did not get much sleep the night before but it was really fun.

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“The boys who did the harnesses were so professional. I would definitely do it again. It wasn't long enough.”

Thanks to generous donations from friends, both she and her friend Tessa Scott, who followed after her, raised £4,000 in total.

Another courageous participant who stepped up to the mark was cancer sufferer Margaret Bean.

The mother of seven from Castle Road, Whitehouse, Ipswich, only decided to do the challenge when one of her sons dropped out. Two of her other sons, Steven and Thomas also took part.

Mrs Bean, who was diagnosed with back cancer in 2006, said: “I am in remission now but I still get a bit of backache. The doctors at the hospice saved my life and I wanted to do something for them. I was so nervous and couldn't stop shaking before but it was so much fun. I want to do it again!”

Patsy Johnson, event co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “It has been really good fun and everyone has enjoyed themselves. We were trying to think of a new fundraising event and people said they had done abseiling, and skydiving before so wanted to do something different.

“It has taken about a year for it all to come together because there was a lot of red tape to go through but it has been worth it and it is something different. We were really lucky with the weather too.

“We are on target to reach £40,000, which keeps the hospice running for four days.”

Services at the hospice, which offers care and support for patients with a life limiting illness, their family and friends, include an in-patient unit, day care services, out patient clinic, a Hospice at Home service, family support team, complementary therapy and physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

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