Cancer survivor set to zip to it in fundraising stunt

Damian Brown is ready for his zip wire challenge.
Damian Brown is ready for his zip wire challenge.

A cancer survivor is going to great heights to raise cash for a South Tyneside charity.

Damian Brown from South Shields will be zip-wiring 900ft across the Tyne from the Baltic to Newcastle Quayside next month to boost funds for St Clare’s Hospice.

It’s amazing how generous people are. I just want to thank everyone who has donated so far.

Damian Brown,

The 62-year-old spotted an appeal by the Jarrow-based hospice on Facebook and decided to get involved.

The cause is close to Damian’s heart after his older brother John died from cancer while being cared for at a hospice in Holland, and Damian himself was also diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus – from which he has been in remission for the last 18 months.

Damian said: “I’ve known people who have been cared for by St Clare’s in the past and it’s a beautiful place. The staff do a fantastic job.

“I just thought I would love to do it and try to raise a couple of hundred pounds to help the patients, but having raised £830 already, I’m trying to reach £1,000.

“It’s amazing how generous people are. I just want to thank everyone who has donated so far, especially the Cleadon Club Sunderland supporters who have given me a signed shirt to raffle.

“Any donations are gratefully accepted and there is still plenty time to reach my target.”

Tyler Anderson, community fundraiser said: “It is amazing to have inspirational people like Damian helping to raise funds for the Hospice. He’s so passionate about helping others.

“He has recently been in hospital for an operation, but he’s determined that nothing is going to get in his way!”

To sponsor Damian, visit www.justgiving.com/Damian-Brown1