Superheroes from the across the region came out in force on Friday 15th May to welcome Ant and Dec back to the North East and raise thousands of pounds for local children.
The Geordie duo returned to Newcastle to support Cash for Kids Superhero Day in aid of two local charities which they are proud to be patrons of, Cash for Kids and The Sunshine Fund and helped raise an amazing £28,848 The pair started early, taking over Metro Radio’s and TFM’s Breakfast Show, joining in with on-air games and setting a fundraising challenge for regular breakfast host Steve Furnell.
They then made a special visit to The Vermont Hotel where they met some of the families and children who have benefited from the charities support and thanked some of the key corporate supporters including sponsors Blue Line Taxi’s and Scoot.
Meanwhile, comedian Ross Noble and actor/comedian Jason Manford took over the reins at Metro Radio, joining daytime presenter Brian Moore live on-air for some light-hearted fun.
Home-run host Stu Elmore spent all morning, dressed as Superhero Thor, visiting schools and companies in the Teesside area followed by Brian Moore who took over touring the Tyne area following his show. Both presenters were accompanied by Superhero dancers MMD events and one of the stops at Cambois Primary School, Blyth included a visit from Super Shetlands ponies who were dressed in custom made pony hero costumes.
Breakfast host Steve Furnell, spent all day completing the FIRE and ICE challenge at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead set earlier in the day by Ant and Dec. It involved him spending the first few hours in industrial freezers followed by several hours in a sauna, all in aid of raising funds.
Ant McPartlin said: “Both of these charities are very close to our heart and we have loved being back home today to give our support. Seeing all the staff dressed up in crazy outfits and meeting the beneficiaries has made this a really special day for us. Thank you to all the people who have donated and there’s still time to text HAPPY to 70070 to do your bit too!”
Stephanie Simpson, Regional Charity Manager of Cash for Kids said: “Ant and Dec are fantastic ambassadors for the North East and we’re delighted they have got so involved in Superhero Day, we cannot thank them enough.”
Caroll Pattison, Director of The Sunshine Fund said: “Thank you to every single person who has donated some money today to help local children. Ant and Dec loved meeting some of our beneficiaries but unfortunately there are thousands more who still need help. Please text HAPPY to 70070 to help make a difference.”
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