Soar 100ft over the stunning views of Media City in a charity challenge organised by North Care Charity.

Philanthropists and thrill-seekers alike will flock to Media City UK on Sunday July 17, to partake in a charity Zip Wire challenge. The challenge will provide Salford residents the opportunity for a never-before-seen birds-eye view of the Salford Quays and the wider Salford and Manchester City Centre skyline.

The Zip Wire will start at the Imperial War Museum where punters will glide over the Quays, rapidly descending the staggering height before before touching back down in the Media City Plaza, outside the BBC and ITV buildings.1

For reference, 1000ft is equivalent to around 9/10ths of the Eiffel Tower, with the Parisian monument standing at around 1060ft, and 4/5ths the height of the Empire Standing Building which stands at an impressive 1250ft.

The challenge is to raise funds for the hosts of the day, North Care Charity. An organisation based in Salford, Rochdale, Oldham and Bury who support Northern Care Alliance (NCA) NHS Foundation Trust by funding equipment, research, education and activities through volunteer work and non-for profit fundraising events. All donations to North Care Charity will go directly to supporting NHS staff and equipment for NHS trusts in Greater Manchester. The NCC focus their funds into four main areas:

  • Equipment: We fund state-of-the-art equipment that provides patients with the best diagnoses and treatments.
  • Education: We provide health education for patients and their families. We help staff become leaders in their field through specialist training, development and support.
  • Research: We support innovative research into the cause, treatment and prevention of diseases to save lives and improve patient care.
  • Wellbeing support: We enhance the overall experience for patients, their families and staff by improving environments, providing additional comforts and supporting welfare needs.

Furthermore, if you donate to NCC you can request that your donation goes to a specific service or hospital of your preference, so you can ensure that your money goes to a service that is close to your heart and important to you. The NCC has made significant and innovative contributions to healthcare in Greater Manchester including funding services such as the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences (MCCN), the Greater Manchester Major Trauma Centre, and maternity and children services among others.

You can read more about what the NCC do on their website, here:

NCC organise events and fundraisers all-year-round. If you’re busy in July but want to support the trust, you can partake in the Barton Tower abseil on the 25th June. The 170ft controlled fall is one of the biggest abseils in the North West of England and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Salford residents, taking place just a short five-minute drive from the Trafford Centre.

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Barton Tower

Jess Pollard, a Fundraising Officer and Spokesperson for the NCC challenger events hopes to build on the Jubilee Zip Wire challenge to eventually host an entire annual calendar of charity challenger events, with all profits going directly to NHS trusts. She said, “We hope to expand our portfolio and eventually develop a full calendar of events, we have the Zip Wire and the Abseil and we also have 50+ runners in this year’s Great Manchester Run and hope to continue to build on our GMR presence next year.”

“After that we can look at doing Skydives and other Fun Run’s, ultimately we just want to engage the community.”

When asked why the charity chose a Zip Wire for their first challenger event she said, “We wanted it to be something thrilling and engaging and importantly something that everyone could have a go at, anyone over the age of 10 can give it a go, from students to families to NHS staff.

“It is a great opportunity to personally challenge yourself without the training, like in a run, you can just turn up on the day.”

Jess affirmed that the NCC have no unrealistic expectations for the fundraiser, with it being their first challenger event, “It is brand new so we will be happy with 10+ people, because it is a minimum £125 sponsorship for entry that will be over £1000 raised which will be a success for us.”

You can sign up for the Zip Wire or abseil, or both, on the North Care Charity website, here: Registration for both events is £15 each with patrons requiring a minimum of £125 sponsorship to participate. The minimum age for both events is 10 years old, 10-15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

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