Brave fundraisers have collected nearly £2,000 for charity after jumping off “the world’s highest mobile bungee jump” at an Exning pub.
John and Karen Welford, whose family have run The White Horse in Church Street since 1935, held the 200ft jump in the pub’s car park on Friday evening.
Instead of donating proceeds to one charity, the 16 participants chose their own, with some pooling together in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. Donations are still being received, but the couple, who took over the pub ten years ago, are expecting it to reach last year’s total of £2,000.
The event, which Mr Welford described as “extraordinary”, was scheduled to end at 8.30pm but, thanks to the goodwill of those setting up the bungee, it ran much later: “One man even turned up at 9.30 with a couple of sponsors, so they set the whole thing up again and he did his jump.”
The couple provided spectators with a barbecue and a chance to go up in the cage for spectacular views of Ely cathedral and the racecourses for just £3, an attraction which proved popular with the younger audience.
Mr Welford said that he was surprised by how many of the participants were scared before their jumps: “At least fifty percent were absolutely terrified, but with their friends and families all watching they couldn’t drop out! At least it got them up there, and no-one dropped out in the end.”
The pub-owner said that he has already received interest for next year’s jump, which will take place in either September or October. For more information on the event, contact The White Horse on 01638 577323.