Ipswich Town fans will have a chance to see Portman Road in a way they might not ever have imagined when East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) brings a day of zip-sliding fun to the stadium.
The new fundraiser, sponsored by Bovis Homes, will take place on Friday, 31 May and see people whizzing 440ft (130m) across the pitch, at a height of 100ft (31m), from the top tier of the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand to the bottom of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.
Town midfielder Jon Nolan was on hand to help launch ticket sales today. Registration is £35 and EACH suggests participants raise £100 in sponsorship.
Victoria Matthews, EACH Suffolk Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We’re really looking forward to what is a unique opportunity for Ipswich Town fans and, for anyone else, just a great opportunity to experience the thrill of a zip slide.
“We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income, so we’re constantly looking to come up with new fundraising ideas and hope this one will appeal to a wide range of people across Suffolk and East Essex. All money raised will help us continue offering care to children with life-threatening conditions and support to their families.”
A zip slide consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, and mounted on a slope. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to or attaching to the pulley.
Town has been a great supporter of EACH, particularly over the last season-and-a-half, when the charity’s logo has featured on the backs of players’ shirts.
Those wishing to be part of the zip slide experience must be at least 12 years old. For more information about it and to buy tickets, visit www.each.org.uk/zipslide.