Welwyn Garden City bungee jump raises £4,000

PUBLISHED: 15:57 20 October 2011

MP Grant Shapps jumps from the 160ft crane

MP Grant Shapps jumps from the 160ft crane

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WHEN our MP was given the chance to dive 160ft to raise funds for charity he “jumped at the opportunity”.

MP Grant Shapps was one of 35 bungee jumpers in WGC this weekend, who helped to raise £4,000, which will be split between the Welwyn Hatfield YMCA and Herts Young Homeless Group.

The housing minister plunged from the huge crane, bouncing just yards above Stanborough Lakes, which was beneath him and the other daredevils who took part in Sunday’s Charity Lake Leap Challenge.

The jump was held to help prevent homelessness and to improve the lives of young people in the area.

Mr Shapps, who is also the local government minister, said: “Luckily I was kept quite busy on Sunday morning doing the Politics Show, so I hadn’t had too much time to think about the jump!

“I got there, put on all the gear, was all ready and it wasn’t until going halfway up the crane when I realised just how scary it was. The guy told me not to look down and I just jumped.

“I had never done one before, I have parachuted and abseiled though, and this was right up there with parachuting.

“It was a very unnatural feeling to throw yourself off a crane, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a real buzz.”

The Welwyn Hatfield MP added: “The work done by these two homeless charities is a credit to our area and I wanted to do something to show my support for their incredible selfless dedication to young people in Welwyn Hatfield and beyond. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity.”

A spokeswoman for the Herts Young Homeless Group, which is based in Old Hatfield, said: “The day went brilliantly and the decent weather attracted a really big crowd of spectators, who watched the action right over the lake.”


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