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Fearless five in Valentine's leap for charity

Wednesday, 2nd February 2011.

Five employees at Tesco in Haverhill are doing something different for Valentine's celebrations this year by taking part in St Nicholas Hospice Care’s adrenalin-pumping bungee jump.

It's traditionally a time of year lovers express their feelings for one another through sending cards and exchanging gifts, but on February 13 the Valentine’s Fling sponsored bungee jump is taking place at Highbury Barns, in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, and the Tesco dream team will be there.

The five brave participants who all work in different areas of Tesco are Liam Blaydon, Jack Wilkinson, Lawrence Allen, Dan Patten and Claire Bowden, who is the store’s community champion.

Claire said: “The idea for us to get involved came from Jack originally, as he had already signed himself up and then suggested a few more of us join him. I couldn’t really say no, as I’m always up for supporting the hospice and I love a challenge.”

Liam also cited supporting the charity as one of the reasons for getting involved but also that doing a bungee was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'. “I can’t wait,” he added.

Jack said: “I’m really looking forward to taking the plunge though I’m naturally starting to feel a little apprehensive. But I guess that’s all part of the fun.”

Bungee jumping involves jumping from a tall structure – in this case a specially-erected 160ft crane – while connected to a large elastic cord. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord snaps back.

Registration is still open, though time is running out. It costs just £20 per person, with teams and individuals welcome. Each jumper will be allocated a time slot and sent sponsorship forms.

Fund raisers must raise £100, while all those who raise £125 or more will receive a special commemorative T-shirt and the top fund raiser will win a prize.

To sign up or for more information, contact 01284 715583, email fundraising@stnh.org.uk or register online at www.stnh.org.uk

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