Fund-raisers are jumping for joy
HE may be more at home on a bowling green, but a daring landlord swapped the peaceful pastime for a more extreme one by joining other brave souls on a charity bungee jump.
Brian Cottingham didn’t just fling himself off a 200ft high crane with just an elastic rope to break his fall, once.
He took the knee-trembling plunge twice.
The feat was all in aid of Sue Ryder Care and took place in the car park of the Red Lion pub in High Street, Eye, near Peterborough.
A punter told the 48-year-old that he would sponsor him £20 if he jumped once – or £70 if he did it twice – and as it was for a good cause, he could not say no.
He said: “The poster from the company said it was the highest mobile bungee jump in the world.
“The worst part was when you reach the bottom and the elastic flings you back up so fast. It’s definitely the scariest thing I’ve done.
“I’m not a fan of extreme sports, I’m more of a fishing and bowls man.
“I won’t be doing that again, I think I’ve got it out of my system.
“But we had a lot of interest in the event and it was good because it was for charity as well.”
The youngest jumper was a 14-year-old girl, who also hurled herself off the platform twice.
Mr Cottingham said: “She was crying after the first one but she said she wasn’t going to be beaten and went back again. She was very brave.”
Co-organiser and landlady of the pub, Jenny Bigginton (47) said the jump was such a big draw it could become an annual event.
She said: “There must have been 200 people there, it was a wonderful day.
“Eleven people jumped in total, with five jumping for charity.
“One person raised £600 and another was sponsored for £250 so although not all the money has come in yet, it could be more than £1,000.”
Stuart Short, who was coorganiser of the charity pub crawl in Eye on Saturday, went along to support the event.
He said: “There was a brilliant atmosphere. It’s the first time there’s been a bungee jump in the village.
“With the pub crawl in aid of Sue Ryder as well, we are going to present a joint cheque to the charity.”
jump: Andy Stone makes his jump. (METP-28-05-10AS338)
LEAp: Andy Stone makes his jump. (METP-28-05-10AS338)