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

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

DFDS 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, 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’ Newcastle-Amsterdam route, with daily departures from the Port of Tyne, sailing overnight to Amsterdam. Travelling with DFDS 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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