Here’s your chance to zip wire across the River Thames for children’s hospital appeal

Now here’s a chance to do something really different!

The first ever zip wire to cross the River Thames is about to launch… But, it’s not a tourist spectacle!

It’s all in aid of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) who want to raise £1m for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The line will carry people from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital on South Bank to Victoria Gardens, beside the Houses of Parliament.


To be in with a chance to rush across the river, you’ll need to have pledged £50,000 or more to use the crossing when it runs for one day on 2 December though… so it’s not for everyone!

Those harnessed to the 463m wire will travel head first at speeds of up to 40mph (64kmh), and it will be built by 30 specialist firefighters over three days.

LFB Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Roe said he came up with the idea “to thank the remarkable [hospital] staff” after they treated his nine-year-old son Zaki.


He said: “I realised that I could use my specialist skills to rig up a zip wire from the roof of the hospital.”

Head of Evelina Hospital’s allergy service, Prof Gideon Lack, said the proposed facility would “help find better treatments and cures”.

The London Fire Brigade is also running a competition for one person to win a place to ride on the zip wire which you can enter here.

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