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Daredevils wanted to follow in Bear Grylls' footsteps

A charity is looking for fundraisers to follow in the footsteps of TV adventurer Bear Grylls by zip sliding across the River Tyne.

Last summer, Bear zipped across the river with the Olympic Torch as part of the Newcastle / Gateshead Olympic Torch Relay celebrations.

National disability charity Action For Kids is calling on other budding daredevils to rise to the challenge, celebrtating its 21st birthday by inviting thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies to do a charity zip slide and raise vital funds for disabled children, young people and their families.

The zip slide from the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, on June 29 and 30, starts 40 metres up from the centre's roof and travels 280 metres diagonally across the river before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.

"Zip sliding is a fun way to raise vital funds for the charity. After seeing Bear Grylls zip across the Tyne last summer, we're sure there are dozens of people out there secretly itching to do the same this year."

– Lucy Duxbury, fundraising and community events officer at Action For Kids