A CHARITY is calling on daredevils to harness their strength for a zipslide challenge to help people with muscular dystrophy.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is seeking participants to zip 250 metres across the Manchester Ship Canal, from the Imperial War Museum North to the Lowry Centre on Saturday, October 4.

Money raised will fund research into treatments for the disease and related neuromuscular conditions and support for sufferers’ families.

The conditions affect more than 8000 North West children and adults, causing muscle wastage and shortening life-expectancy.

Charles Horton, the campaign’s North West Volunteer Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a great way to use your muscles to help others who have difficulty in using theirs.

“It’s a really exciting event that will test your nerves!”

Beginners are welcome and experts will provide training and equipment on the day.

Participants are asked to raise at least £200 in sponsorship.

For entry forms, email: northwest@muscular-dystrophy.org or call: 01244 536 551.

For information about the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, contact Charles Horton on: 01244 536 551 or 07900 228575, or email northwest@muscular-dystrophy.org