Sky’s the limit for thrill seekers helping appeal

Staff from the Gypsy Queen in Sheffield, who took part in a reverse bungee jump for charity
Staff from the Gypsy Queen in Sheffield, who took part in a reverse bungee jump for charity
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A BAND of thrill-seeking fundraisers were catapulted into Sheffield skies after taking up a charity challenge.

An army of volunteers from across the city descended on the Gypsy Queen pub in Beighton for a daredevil bungee jump with a difference.

The stunt, organised to raise cash to help young renal patients across Yorkshire, saw brave men and women shot into the air in a steel cage as punters looked on.

Participants were enclosed in the frame in pairs before being propelled into the sky at high speed in the car park.

The stunt was one of a number of reverse bungee jump events which have taken place around the region for the Dr Joe Jaffe Hospital Charity, which gives specialist treatment to children with renal problem.

The charity hopes to begin to extend its support to liver patients.

Sheffield jumpers raised a total of £3,480 in sponsorship and cash collected on the day, which will go towards buying life-saving equipment for the new Leeds Children’s Hospital Renal and Liver Units - which will treat patients from South Yorkshire.

Glester Clarke, manager of the Gypsy Queen, said: “It was a great day had by all and was extremely well supported. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and helped raise these much-needed funds.”

Kris Longshaw, appeal co-ordinator for the Dr Joe Jaffe Hospital Charity, said: “We would like to thank the pub’s owners, Greene King, for allowing us to hold the event at the Gypsy Queen.

“Through the tremendous support we receive we have provided funding to purchase equipment, which will greatly improve the life of patients.”