Mayor of Wirral Councillor Ann McLachlan met with members of Autism Together’s Bounce 25 team this week to present them with their official Guinness World Record certificates.
The team of eight bounced non-stop for 25 hours on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2017) to raise awareness and funds for Autism Together’s Respite Appeal, and beat the existing world record by one hour, but did not know whether they had managed to become ‘official world record holders’ until last week.
During the course of the challenge in April team members bounced a total height of 49km, or 5.5 times the height of Mount Everest, at an average of 46 bounces per minute.
The official presentation on Thursday (2nd November) saw the team take back to the trampoline at Grange Road West Sports Centre, with a welcome speech opening the celebrations from CEO of Autism Together, Robin Bush.
Each team member was then presented with their individual certificate from Councillor McLachlan, who was fortunate enough to have witnessed the marathon challenge when it took place, with Kevin Mulligan, Service Manager at the Enterprise Centre, accepting the official organisation certificate.
Councillor McLachlan said: “It was a privilege to be asked back in our mayoral year after seeing the event in our debut year. I think it’s a fantastic achievement to raise both awareness and funds and I’m so happy they managed to get the world record after all their hard work.”
Emma Crabb, activity manager at the Enterprise Centre, organised the event. She said: “The presentation was an excellent way to recognise our Bounce25 achievement. It brought all the team back together and those who supported us in our challenge. Myself and the team couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of our world record attempt journey; it really does show what you can do when you put your mind to it.”