24-hour Plymouth 'bounceathon' raises funds for Children in Need
A trampoline charity event at the YMCA Kitto Centre on Honicknowle Lane saw volunteers bounce continuously for 24 hours in aid of Children in Need.
The event was held at Phoenix Trampoline Club and even saw a surprise visit from Pudsey the Bear who tried his paw as a trampoline artist in front of the crowd and posed for pictures as well as an appearance from top UK trampoline athletes Nathan Bailey and Laura Gallagher.
A total of between 80 and 100 people took to the air from 1pm on November 16 until 1pm on November 17.
One of the was Ellie Clewlow, who had helped keep the bouncing going throughout the night.
“It has been a bit tough going at times. We were 15 people in two groups doing two-hour shifts from midnight till eight this morning,” she said.
Two of the younger volunteers who had helped keep the trampolines busy during Saturday morning were friends Justine Gawnam and Hannah Roberts, both seven years old.
“We have been trampolining for a year and it is really fun. The best part is when you go high into the air,” they said.
The charity event was organised by Get Britain Bouncing - a campaign designed to promote the many benefits of trampolining. The campaign is supported by the national trampoline manufacturer, supplier and retailer, Super Tramp.
“It is a great sport that leaves you with a smile on your face and once you have tried it you will never be able to walk past a trampoline without getting on it. Trampolining is good exercise and gives you great spacial awareness,” Chris Prentise from Super Tramp said.
Nathan Bailey, the current Junior World Champion, said the adrenalin rush of trampolining had originally attracted him to the sport.
“Some of my jumps launch me 23 feet into the air and there are always new tricks to learn,” he said.
“There is also a freedom and feeling of weightlessness when you are on the trampoline,” Laura Gallagher, who recently won bronze at the European Championships, added.