Charity zip wire raises almost £40,000 for Ipswich Hospital

The Blossom Appeal was among the projects fundraisers were collecting money for Picture: KATY SANDAL

The Blossom Appeal was among the projects fundraisers were collecting money for Picture: KATY SANDALLS - Credit: Archant

The Super Hero Charity Zip Line was organised to raise money for different departments of the hospital.

Abigail Hodder took part in the Ipswich Hospital Charity zip wire Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Abigail Hodder took part in the Ipswich Hospital Charity zip wire Picture: KATY SANDALLS - Credit: Archant

The Super Hero Charity Zip Line was organised to raise money for different departments of the hospital.

Those taking part were given the opportunity to pick which area they would like to raise money for and were given a £150 target to raise.

Many chose departments that had helped them, family or friends in the past as a way of saying thank you.

A huge zip line was set up stretching 120ft up in the air from the top of the maternity block at Ipswich Hospital.

Reporter Katy Sandalls after having completed the zip wire Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Reporter Katy Sandalls after having completed the zip wire Picture: KATY SANDALLS - Credit: Archant


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As part of the super hero theme those taking part were encouraged to dress like their favourite caped crusaders with plenty of Wonderwoman’s taking to the sky alongside Batgirls and Supermen.

One of those taking the plunge on Saturday was 22-year-old Abigail Hodder from Ipswich.

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Abigail works on the Brantham Ward at the hospital which serves as an emergency assessment unit or EAU.

She decided to take part to help those she works with every day.

Maddie O'Neill was one of those dressed up for the event Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Maddie O'Neill was one of those dressed up for the event Picture: KATY SANDALLS - Credit: Archant

“It was really good. It was a little bit foggy further away but you could see quite far.

“The initial bit of getting down onto the plinth was a bit scary but after you get past that bit it is nice to see all the patients in the ward window waving on the way down.”

Also taking part was 41-year old Maddie O’Neill from Stowmarket who was dressed up as Superwoman for the occasion as she raised money for the Blossom Appeal.

“It was really good,” said Maddie, “I would do it again.

“The view was amazing. The best bit.”

Jess Watkins from the Ipswich Hospital Charity said: “It’s been brilliant to see everyone, so many great costumes. Everyone’s really embracing the theme. “Everyone who has come down has had a good time.”

“It’s a bit nerve wracking on the roof and I think lots of people have struggled climbing over but once they are over it’s great to see them zipping down.

“We are overwhelmed by the amount of money that we have raised. We’ve nearly hit £40,000.

“Thank you to everyone who’s taken part.”

The final group of participants in this year’s event will be taking to the zip line today and include members of Suffolk police’s Ipswich East team.

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