zip1Specialist firefighters rigged up a zip wire across the Thames in a bid raise over £1 million for Evelina London Children’s Hospital on December 2.

Firefighters worked through the night to rig the specialist wiring 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.

The zip wire was set up overnight across the River Thames

For one day only, twenty generous donors flew ‘superman style’ in a harness across the Thames. The zip will reach speeds of 40 miles per hour in this one-off daredevil stunt, and each of the participants have pledged £50k or more to take part in the exhilarating river crossing.

The event is also part of the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson will officially open the zip wire.