Big Success For Church Teddy Parachute Event

teddy drop 2014 2Saturday’s innovative Parish Church fundraiser seems to have been a big success.

Islanders both old and young were queuing up to have their teddy bears, complete with homemade parachutes, hoisted up to the top of the Parish Church tower where David Maybrey threw them off.

Some of the parachutes worked perfectly as the cuddly toys gently floated to the ground.

Some teddies fell like stones to the gasps of onlookers and a handful had to be retrieved from the church roof where they got stuck.

40 bear-jump certificates were issued and there were 70 teddy jumps as some people had more than one go.

Organise Sarah Hale was “chuffed” that the event drew such a large crowd. She says people genuinely seemed to have fun and felt it would be nice to run it again next year.

Jane Chiverton was on stand-by putting her nursing skills to work, offering a bear ‘care and repair’ service. She says some bears came down “quite heavily” and needed a bit of TLC.

Jane’s own 70-year-old teddy also made the jump, thankfully without any serious damage.

Saturday’s session generated £206 for the church repair funds.

See photos of the sky-diving teddies in our gallery here.