Charity Wearsliders’ wet n windy practice run


WearSlide 1 FUNDRAISERS got in the wet and windy spirit today as they urged people to enter the WearSlide challenge and raise money for a North East hospice.


Sean Cove, 24, Steph Eadon, 23, and brother Chris Eadon, 26, donned the t-shirts of their chosen charity – St Benedict’s Hospice at Ryhope, Sunderland – and braved buckets of freezing cold water to raise awareness about WearSlide, which will take place in Herrington Country Park on April 26.


The trio, who all live in Washington, will be joined for the 300ft slide challenge by Steph and Chris’ brother, Peter, 28, a captain at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, their sister, Sarah, 23, and Chris’ partner Toni Earl, 22.


The WearSliders have been keen to raise funds for the hospice as the Eadons’ father Phil, 57, has been receiving superb care there since January this year for throat cancer.


Steph, who’s head coach at Boldon Tennis Club, said: “They’ve taken such fantastic care of my dad that we wanted to give something back. The atmosphere at the hospice is so bright and welcoming and we thought this would be a good way to raise awareness of the work they do.


“We’re all really sporty so we can’t wait for the challenge and we’d urge others to sign up and raise funds for St Benedict’s too. We’re aiming to raise a minimum of £600 between us by taking part in the WearSlide and we know that every penny raised will be used to support patient care at the hospice just like my dad’s receiving.”


Phil and wife, Anne, used to have a marketing and events company, The Allancia Group, before Phil’s illness and he was well known as chairman of Newcastle United Women’s Football Club.


Anne said: “I’m so proud of them all doing this event for the hospice – and getting drenched for a good cause. They’re all really good sports.”


Catrina Flynn, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “It’s wonderful that the Eadon family have chosen to raise funds for the hospice by taking part in WearSlide. We thought we’d help them out with a little practice session today – and they were very brave given the wind at Ryhope.”


There is still time to take part in WearSlide on behalf of the hospice. For more information contact the hospice on 0191 512 8435 or email


WearSlide 1: Sean Cove, 24, Steph Eadon, 23, and brother Chris Eadon, 26 get soaked ahead of their WearSlide challenge.

WearSlide Soaked: Left to right. St Benedict’s porter, Lee Maddox, Sean Cove, Steph Eadon, Chris Eadon and fundraising manager Catrina Flynn.

WearSlide fun: The trio before their soaking

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