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Help Children in Need fundraising reach new heights with charity climb!

Help Children in Need fundraising reach new heights with charity climb!

Climb KING SEAWAYS on Thursday 14 November for Children in Need.

DFDS Seaways is recruiting brave climbers to take part in a unique rock climb to raise money for Children in Need. Held in association with the Port of Tyne, event organisers are calling on people from the North East to join the Captain of the Amsterdam ferry KING SEAWAYS together with volunteers from Port of Tyne and BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown, among others, to scale the side of the ship!

Organisers are on the hunt for 20 more volunteers to join the event, taking place from 11am until 2pm on Thursday 14 November at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal in North Shields. Supported by Roxcool, a rock climbing institution in the North East, participants will start at the bottom of the ship and scale a special 24m climbing wall to the ship’s deck.

Volunteers need to be 18 years old or over, fit and well and able to commit to raising a minimum of £50 for Children in Need. All money raised will go directly to the charity, which helps disadvantaged and underprivileged children and young people living in the UK.

Please register your interest by visiting www.dfds.co.uk/childreninneed by Friday 18 October. Climbers will be assigned on a first come first served basis and will be notified by email. All event participants will also be invited to take part in a practice climbing session in Sunderland on Friday 25 October.

Max Foster, Passenger Director at DFDS Seaways, said, “We are proud to be supporting such an important and iconic charity, and are hoping to not only scale new heights, but also to raise a substantial amount of funds in the process. In 2011 in partnership with the Port of Tyne we organised a sponsored abseil down KING SEAWAYS for Children in Need, which raised over £1,000 and we are hoping to double that this year.”

Susan Wear, Director of Corporate Affairs at Port of Tyne, said, “We are delighted to be working with DFDS to raise as much as possible for this year’s Children in Need appeal. We hope that everyone involved, has a great time raising money that will change young lives.”

KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS cruise ferries operate on DFDS Seaways’ Newcastle-Amsterdam route, with daily departures from the Port of Tyne, sailing overnight to Amsterdam. Travelling with DFDS Seaways offers passengers an affordable and relaxing journey.

Passengers can take as much luggage as they can fit into their vehicles and can enjoy the range of onboard facilities including three restaurants, a number of bars and cafes, live entertainment, a cinema and Kids’ Club. Passengers are also able to relax in en suite cabins to ensure they wake up refreshed for their travels the next day.

For further information, please visit www.dfds.co.uk/childreninneed


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Jade Wilson or Caroline Walker on 01732 779087 / dfdspr@westgatecomms.com

Note to editors

Children in Need is a UK charity, which aims to improve the lives of underprivileged young people through fundraising and donations.

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe. In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.

North East Business of the Year, Port of Tyne is the UK's fastest growing major deep-sea port - a vital trading gateway to Europe and beyond.

Investment of over £120m in the past 10 years has created the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the Port's diverse businesses. These include conventional and bulk cargoes, car terminals, cruise and ferry, logistics and a commercial property portfolio.

The Port of Tyne’s contribution to the economy of the North East is approximately £500m Gross Value Added per annum supporting 10,500 jobs.