Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine will fly across the Hillsborough pitch in April after pledging to support The Children's Hospital Charity's zip-slide challenge.

Owls' Manager Irvine was inspired to get involved after meeting patients and staff at The Children's Hospital in Sheffield last month.

Explaining his decision to help, Irvine told www.swfc.co.uk: "I was really impressed when I visited the hospital and think it is a fantastic cause.

"I'm keen to do anything I can to raise money for the hospital and having done a zip slide before in the Lake District I know how much fun it is.

"I hope Wednesday fans will get involved and have a go too. It's a real thrill, a really worthy cause and for many fans it would be a unique opportunity to fly over and land on the pitch."

The zip-slide event will kicks off at 9.00am and runs until 4.30pm on Sunday 25th April. It will give people the chance to zip-slide from the back of the Kop and across the pitch to the Leppings Lane end of the ground.

Simon Athey, Senior Fundraiser at The Children's Hospital Charity said: "We are delighted that Alan has decided to support our challenge.

"Our special partnership with the club has already generated over £80,000 for the charity and it is fantastic to see that after only a short time at the club Alan has been touched by our work and wants to support our event.

"We hope his pledge of support will encourage other Owls fans to sign up, or support Alan through his just giving site."

Those wishing to join Alan for the challenge can register online at www.tchcharity.org.uk or call the charity office on 0114 2717203. A £25 registration fee reserves your place and then the charity asks that each person taking part raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship. Participants must be over the age of 18 and a full list of terms and conditions can be found on the charity's website.

If you would like to sponsor Alan you can add your donation at www.justgiving.com/AlanIrvineSWFC.

All of the money raised through the challenge will go directly to The Children's Hospital Charity.

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