Fund-rais­ers are jump­ing for joy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ASHA ME­HTA asha.me­hta@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

storer. Pic­ture: alan

jump: Andy Stone makes his jump. (METP-28-05-10AS338)

Pic­ture: alan storer.

LEAp: Andy Stone makes his jump. (METP-28-05-10AS338)

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