Representatives from local charities tried out a 100 metre-long slide on Friday, as part of a trial run for the Wearslide event due to take place on April 25 and 26.
The NSPCC, St Benedict’s Hospice, The North East Autism Society (NEAS), and the Mulitple Sclerosis Society all took to the slopes of Herrington Country Park to give the unique event a go. All the charities are partners of Sunderland Live, and will be using the slide to fundraise for their respective causes within the local area.
The long slide is created using a long stretch of tarpaulin-like material laid down a slope near the amphitheatre in the park. Sliders then use a lilo to go down the chute, which is splashed with water and soapy liquid to make it slippier.
Sophie Clarke, events fundraiser for NEAS, said she was delighted by the quirky nature of the event.
“It’s a big year for our charity this year as it’s our 35 year anniversary. This is a great event to mark that and get lots of people involved.
“On the day of the actual event, we’ll have staff and some service users giving the slide a go. There’ll be some families with children with autism as well as families and friends who are supporters and fundraising for us.”
Catrina Flynn, fundraising manager for St Benedict’s Hospice, also spoke of the value of such a unique experience.
“We have 60 places for this event, which can be used to raise money for the hospice. We have at least a couple of patients on the day whose families are taking part, and staff and volunteers. It raises the profile of our charity as well as raising money, because it’s not something you see every day.”
The Wearslide is coming to Herrington Country Park on April 25-26, with the second day being devoted entirely to groups and charities. It will run 9-6 both days, and tickets sold out for the first day within 90 minutes.