Helen Skelton’s Salford Quays Rope Bridge Challenge


Crowds gathered at Salford Quays on Wednesday, as daredevil Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton, crossed the Manchester Ship Canal on a rope-bridge.

The presenter walked the 75 metre Burma Rope Bridge as part of the ‘Magnificent 7’ – 7 tests in 7 weeks in aid of Comic Relief.

During the journey, Helen had to reach up to burst the giant red balloons above her head – popping the final balloon left her covered in custard.

Local school children from Oasis Academy and Bridgewater Hall were invited to cheer the adventurous presenter on.

Cheeky Blue Peter colleague, Barney Harwood and the Salford Sea Cadets waited in the water ready to throw sponges at Helen in an attempt to try and put her off.

The brave Blue Peter star is never shy when it comes to embarking on new adventures and once rowed across the Amazon and trekked to the South Pole.

This was not the first time Helen has tested her balancing skills either, in 2011 she crossed a whopping 66m (216ft) high tightrope between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station.

When asked by Quays News reporters what inspires her to endure such mad challenges, Helen replied:

“Whenever Comic Relief comes calling it is very difficult to say no because they fund so many charities. Although it seems mad and difficult and dangerous, it’s only for a short period of time compared to the people who need the money.”


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