Experience Portman Road like never before at EACH zip slide fundraiser

Experience Portman Road like never before at EACH zip slide fundraiser

Feb 20, 2019

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.

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  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad

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