A wonderful weekend!
"What a great experience that bungee jump was! Really enjoyed it"
Just one of the comments we've received following a fabulous fundraising weekend for Carlisle Mencap! A big thank-you to everyone involved in a spectacular climax to our 50th anniversary celebrations.
A total of 23 daredevils took part in the sponsored bungee 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 on Sunday, as well as enjoying a barbecue, bar, ice creams, stalls and excellent entertainment for the younger ones from Cheeky Charlie.
The weather stayed fine, thankfully, and hundreds of people enjoyed the event. Once all the sponsorship money is in - all being well no later than mid-July we hope to have raised a handsome four-figure sum to help fund our vital services.
We had some fabulous feedback from some of the people who did the jumps for us:
"What a great experience that bungee jump was! Really enjoyed it" - Stefanie Jansohn
"Thanks for today, most amazing thing I've ever done! Very scary but well worth it for a good cause" - Joanne Forster
"Thanks for putting on a great event!" - Thomas Temple
"Scary but brilliant. Thank you!" - Claire Freebairn
The weekend kicked off with a general knowledge quiz at the Cumbrian Cheesecake Company's cafe in Infirmary Street on Friday night. Just under £100 was raised by that event.
Saturday saw Europe's top Jimi Hendrix tribute act - Are You Experienced? - take centre stage with a fabulous gig at The Brickyard in Fisher Street. It was a great atmosphere with some fantastic rock music, and mention must also be made of Keswick-based singer-songwriter J Lewis who proved to be an excellent support act.
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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