Taking a dive for charity

The annual Water Bombing championships at Ponds Forge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support where teams in fancy dress plunge into the pool
The annual Water Bombing championships at Ponds Forge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support where teams in fancy dress plunge into the pool
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A leading cancer charity is calling for people to make a splash at its 10th annual World Water Bombing Championships in Sheffield next month.

In the event, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, teams of four will be hoping to score points by throwing themselves off Ponds Forge International Sports Centre’s diving boards on May 7.

Each team pays £20 to enter, then the race is on to raise £406 for the worthy cause, which could fund two Macmillan nurses for a day.

Competitors often don fancy dress to take on the challenge, and 2013’s event included pirates, Scooby Doo characters and the Village People all taking a dive for charity.

This is the 10th year running the venue has hosted the event.

Each competitor is scored on the size of their splash, showmanship and bravery.

Richard Apps, general manager of Ponds Forge, said: “It’s the tenth year in a row that we’ve held this quirky event, and it promises to be the biggest one yet.

“This event always provides fantastic entertainment for everyone involved.

“It promises to be a great night with fun and laughs for all ages, while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Rob Turner, Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Sheffield, said: “The bombers will be launching themselves from either the one or three-metre diving platform, and some of the fancy dress ideas these teams have come up with need to be seen to be believed.

“We are extremely grateful to Sheffield International Venues for their continued support of the event and our charity, and the funds raised will make a real difference to the lives of many families.”

Macmillan raises 98 per cent of its money from fundraising and voluntary donations.

Diving starts at 6.30pm and spectators are asked to make a donation of £2 to watch the action.

To enter call 07789 394 672 or email wwbc01@gmail.com to register interest.