Fundraising Assistant Rachel Ridler explains the Zip Slide (seen left) to locals in Bloxwich
Dateline: 17 April 2011
St Giles Walsall Hospice is appealing for daredevils and thrill-seekers to rise to an exciting new challenge as the local charity launches its Zip Slide fundraiser.
Taking place on Saturday 14th May, the Zip Slide will see 165 willing volunteers zoom from the Floors 2 Go stand at Banks’s Stadium down onto the pitch below, travelling at speeds of around 25mph.
People can sign up for the once in a lifetime experience as individuals or as groups, and the sponsorship they receive will help to fund care for local people with cancer and other serious illnesses when St Giles Walsall Hospice opens in Goscote this Spring.
Rachel Ridler, Fundraising Assistant for St Giles Walsall Hospice, says: “This is the first time we have held a Zip Slide to raise funds for Walsall’s hospice, and it is one in our series of hugely popular ‘Challenge Events’, which last year included an abseil, a skydive and a firewalk.
“This year’s Zip Wire challenge will really appeal to lots of different people – from adventurous Saddlers’ fans, to bosses looking for an alternative team-building event – and so with limited places available, we’re urging anyone keen to take part to register now to secure their place!”
Registration is £35, and participants are also asked to raise £100 in sponsorship, with all proceeds to be spent on providing care at St Giles Walsall Hospice. Fancy dress can be worn as long as harnesses can fit over the outfit, and photos will be available on the day to record everyone’s achievements.
Zip Sliders must be aged 12 or over at the time of registration, and weigh between 6st and 17st 7llbs. Registration forms can be requested now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Rachel on 0845 113 0678.
St Giles Walsall Hospice is the new name for Walsall’s long-awaited 12-bed in-patient facility. The Walsall Hospice charity is merging with St Giles Hospice to ensure the efficient use of funds in providing high-quality care for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses in Walsall.
The total annual running costs of St Giles Walsall Hospice will be £1.6 million and with only half of this amount funded by the NHS in the first year, St Giles Walsall Hospice will work with the local community to raise £800,000 a year, which will be dedicated solely to providing care in Walsall.
Find out more about the Zip Slide challenge by downloading a Registration Pack via this link.