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Bungee jumps for charity success

More than 20 people took the leap of faith for Carlisle Mencap

A CHARITY has thanked those daredevils who took the plunge on Sunday and helped raise thousands of pounds during a sponsored bungee jumps/fun day event in Carlisle.

More than 20 people did the jumps from a cage suspended 145ft in the air from a crane at Creighton Rugby Club in Sycamore Lane to bring in funds for Carlisle Mencap.

The first person to step from the cage at Creighton Rugby Club was Gary Armstrong

The event, witnessed by hundreds of people, was the spectacular finale of a weekend of fundraising activities organised by Carlisle Mencap to mark the climax of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Other events included a quiz at the Cumbrian Cheesecake Company’s café in Infirmary Road on Friday night and a concert at The Brickyard in Fisher Street, Carlisle, on Saturday night featuring top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band Are You Experienced? With support from Keswick-based singer-songwriter J Lewis.

Bungee jumper Kerry Whitelock just before she leapt from the cage. Kerry hopes to have raised around £400 in sponsorship for Carlisle Mencap

Phil Taylor, events and fundraising officer for Carlisle Mencap, said: “It was a busy but very successful weekend and we are delighted with how it has gone. Once all the sponsorship money is in we should have raised a very tidy four-figure sum which will go towards our vital services and support for people with learning disabilities across Cumbria. A big thank-you to sponsors Kingmoor Park Properties and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and to our venues Cumbrian Cheesecake Company, The Brickyard, the music acts and Creighton Rugby Club – but the real heroes were all those who did the bungee jumps!”

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