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Daredevils take the plunge in Norwich bungee jump to boost Big C cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 14:59 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 June 2017

Stuart Blandford launches himself from the cage in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Stuart Blandford launches himself from the cage in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Daredevils enjoyed a birds-eye view of Norwich - but then had to leap from a 160ft crane towering over the city centre.

Ruben Davis makes the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRuben Davis makes the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Thrill-seeking fundraisers braved the nerve-wracking bungee jump to raise money for Big C - Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity.

They took the plunge from a crane was based outside The Forum in Millennium Plain on Sunday afternoon.

The brave make the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum next to St Peter Mancroft Church tower. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe brave make the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum next to St Peter Mancroft Church tower. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The participants were able to jump for free if they raised £200 in sponsorship for the charity.

And every free jump made meant that Big C will be able provide two people with the support and information they require when affected by cancer and ensures the charity provides the best in cancer care.

The brave make the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum next to St Peter Mancroft Church tower. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe brave make the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum next to St Peter Mancroft Church tower. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Big Bungee Jump was organised in partnership with UK Bungee Club, with the jumps taking place over a giant airbag.

Among those who made the leap was Ryan Livermore, 22, who works as a shooter/researcher for Archant’s Mustard TV.

Ruben Davis makes the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRuben Davis makes the 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He said: “They strap you in and the crane goes up, taking about 30 seconds.

“You get these amazing 360 degree views of Norwich, which is lovely, but then you realise what you’re about to do.

Matt Appleton launches himself backwards in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMatt Appleton launches himself backwards in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“To be honest, I sort of blanked out when it was my turn to jump.

“The guy said 3,2,1 jump and next thing I knew I was plummeting towards the ground.

Matt Appleton during his 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMatt Appleton during his 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“But it was amazing. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Mr Livermore explained why he wanted to help to raise money for The Big C.

Spectators watch as the brave make a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSpectators watch as the brave make a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He said: “It’s a charity which does so much really good work.
“I have visited patients through work with hospital radio and seen what they do, while I’ve had loved ones on both sides of my family who have died from cancer.

“It was amazing to see all the people who were doing the jump and to know that these were people raising so much money for the charity.”

A jumper launches himself from the cage in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA jumper launches himself from the cage in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Every day, around 22 people across Norfolk and Waveney are diagnosed with cancer.

• To learn more about the work Big C does to improve the lives of those affected by cancer, visit www.big-c.co.uk.

People at the Forum look up as the brave launch themselves in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPeople at the Forum look up as the brave launch themselves in a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• And there’s still time to donate to Ryan’s fundraising efforts. You can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mustardtvbungee or, to donate £5 by mobile phone, text ‘MUST87 £5’ to 70070.

Stuart Blandford on the mat after doing a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYStuart Blandford on the mat after doing a 160 feet bungee jump in aid of the Big C at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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