zip_imageA competition to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a zip wire across the Thames launched today in order to raise vital funds for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

On Friday 2 December, for one day only, a team of our specialist firefighters will rig up a zip wire from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital, on the South Bank of the Thames, over to Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament on the other side of the river.

Flying ‘superman style’ in a harness across the Thames, the zip will reach speeds of 40 miles per hour in this one-off daredevil stunt, which aims to raise at least £1 million for Evelina London Children’s Hospital(opens in a new window), which is on the St Thomas’ site.

Win a chance to zip across the river

There is space for 20 of the hospital’s most dedicated supporters to pledge £50,000 or more each to take part in the exhilarating river crossing.

The event is also part of the Brigade’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The stunt is the brainchild of London Fire Brigade Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Roe, whose son Zaki, aged nine, was treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

He said: “My son might not be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS, especially Evelina London, so I wanted to find a way to thank the remarkable staff at this fantastic hospital.

“During the many hours I spent by my son’s bedside, I realised that I could use my specialist skills to rig up a zip wire from the roof of the hospital across the Thames and that perhaps people would pay for the chance to speed across it like a firefighter.

“I’ve got to warn you, this is not a trip for the fainthearted.

For a chance to win a place in this once in a lifetime challenge, visit www.supportevelina.org.uk/zip, where you can make a donation and enter the competition, before 4pm on Tuesday 22nd November.