FUNDRAISERS in the North-East are celebrating following an abseil down the Tyne Bridge on Sunday.

The event was organised by the Katie Trust, a Redcar-based charity which is raising money to fund a new research post at the regional cancer research unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. It was launched in memory of six-year-old Katie Neal, a Redcar schoolgirl who died following a courageous battle against a brain tumour.

About 80 people turned up to make the jump, and between them they raised £6,000, to the delight of Katie's dad, Martin.

"It was one of those days when everything went according to plan. Everyone who had already done a jump said before you jump it will scare you witless, but once you get to the bottom you will want to do it again. I think that was what everyone felt - it really was an exhilarating experience."