Pub cou­ple jump for joy over PIP hon­our

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By Han­nah Gray

THIS week’s PIP page is jointly awarded to a land­lord and land­lady for their char­ity work.

Brian Cot­ting­ham and Jenny Big­ging­ton, who run the Red Lion in High Street, Eye, held a char­ity 200ft bungee jump in aid of Sue Ry­der Care.

And while they both de­serve praise for or­gan­is­ing the event, Brian gets and ex­tra spe­cial men­tion for jump­ing him­self – not once, but twice.

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-yearold 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 Jenny (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 co-or­gan­iser of a 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.”

PROUD: PIP nom­i­nees Brian Cot­ting­ham and Jenny Big­gin­ton at the Red Lion, in Eye.

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