Evelina London Zip
Meet our Evelina Zippers!
The Evelina Zip is the first-ever zip wire across the Thames. On Friday 2 December 2016, 20 adventurous folk rode across the zip and helped us raise over £1 million for a new Clinical Research Facility at Evelina London.
The zip travelled from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital to Victoria Tower Gardens by the Houses of Parliament over 463 metres, and it required the efforts of 30 specialist firefighters from London Fire Brigade’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team to build.
As well as extending our thanks the London Fire Brigade (in particular Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Roe, the brains behind the event) for building the zip and ensuring its safety, we’d like to thank each and every one of our daredevil fundraisers. These fearless folk flew on the zip at 40mph and helped us hit our £1 million fundraising target by raising £50,000 each!
Meet some of the Evelina Zippers!
Angela Barr or 'Mrs Barr,' as she is more often known, is the Head Teacher of Chepstow House School. The school supports Evelina London's Allergy Research so, to kick things off, Mrs Barr led by example and took on Evelina London Zip!
Thor Bjorgolfsson is an Icelandic entrepreneur and chairman of investment firm Novator Partners. As a father of three young children, Thor took on Evelina London Zip to ensure that the hospital has every facility it needs to provide the best possible treatment.
Lord Fink is the President of Evelina London Children's Hospital and is the former CEO and deputy chairman of Man Group PLC. He raised over £100,000 for the hospital and conquered a dislike of heights when he took off from the top of St Thomas'!
Jeremy Isaacs CBE is a Founding Partner of JRJ Group. He took on Evelina London Zip as he cares deeply about children's healthcare and he has also inspired his friends and colleagues to support the hospital's life-saving work and research.
Professor Gideon Lack is the head of the Children’s Allergy Service at Evelina London. His Zip challenge was a personal one, as the new facility will enable Gideon and his team to continue their ground-breaking studies into preventing allergies in children.
And massive thanks to our sponsors
The Evelina Zip used 500 metres of specially manufactured steel rope which can handle a load of 12 tons, and we’d like to thank our kind sponsors who have donated their time, expertise and materials to the project. They include Marlow Ropes, ISC Solutions in Metal and Livett’s Marine Logistics.
We’d also like to thank the Port of London Authority, the Royal Marine Mountain Leaders and the Royal Parks for their invaluable assistance in setting up and supporting the ‘flight’ across the Thames.