Group going to the wire in aid of charity

Some of the team that will take part in a zip wire ride over the River Tyne on Sunday to raise money for Contact Morpeth Mental Health.  Picture by Jane Coltman.
Some of the team that will take part in a zip wire ride over the River Tyne on Sunday to raise money for Contact Morpeth Mental Health. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A team of people will be flying into fund-raising on Sunday.

The proceeds from the zip wire ride – starting at the Baltic and going over the River Tyne – will go to Contact Morpeth Mental Health.

There will be more than 35 participants and some of them will be members who receive support from the charity.

Mayoress Joan Tebbutt is also part of the group. Her husband, Coun Andrew Tebbutt, chose Contact as the charity for his year as Mayor.

Contact chairman Rhona Dunn has been spreading awareness in the community, along with fellow trustee Lynn Munro who has mentioned it to members of the running group she is in, and people with no connection to the charity have signed up. Rhona and Lynn are taking part as well.

The team at its headquarters in Oldgate has arranged for T-shirts to be made with the Contact logo on them and medals to give to the participants afterwards as a memento.

Centre manager Audrey Anderson said: “We thought only a handful of us would be doing it, but as soon as some of our members and volunteers heard about the zip wire, they wanted to get involved.

“The people with no connection to us said they signed up because they’ve had experience of the impact of mental health – either themselves or a friend/relative – and wanted to help a mental-health charity, as well as go on a zip wire ride for the first time.

“As it stands, 37 people will be part of the Contact team on Sunday and we hope to raise a decent amount of money.

“We’re really impressed with our members. This is something they would never consider doing themselves, but they feel confident to give it a go as they will be part of a big group.

“The benefits all round are tremendous for us.”

Contact provides counselling, complementary therapy, craft and creative writing sessions, drop-in services and social activities among other support services and a set of computers are available for use.

It also has a caravan at Haggerston Castle that is used by members and their family members.

Coun Tebbutt said she was keen to get involved with a fund-raising activity for the charity and she enjoyed taking part in a zip wire at Morpeth Rugby Club to raise money for Oxfam in 2014 when she was Mayor.

She added: “Contact is such a wonderful organisation and it needs support because mental health is a Cinderella service as it is not given the same level of support as services for physical health.”

Call Contact on 01670 510652 for donation details or visit Coun Tebbutt’s online fund-raising page – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joan-tebbutt