Charity team to bounce over five times height of Mt Everest
On World Autism Awareness Day (Sunday 2 April) a team from north west charity Autism Together will attempt to beat the current Guinness World Record in trampolining.
The current record stands at 24 hours. The team of eight, all staff at the Wirral-based charity, plan to bounce for 25 hours. During this time they’ll bounce a total height of 49km – or 5.5 times the height of Mount Everest. At an average of 46 bounces per minute, they’ll bounce a total of 69,000 times before the record attempt ends at 1pm on Monday 3 April.
Guinness staff will then scrutinise the record attempt – ensuring all rules have been strictly adhered to – and announce later whether the record has broken.
The intrepid team decided to undertake this bounceathon to raise awareness – and funds – for Autism Together. The charity supports over 450 people on the autism spectrum and along with extensive residential services, offers service users the opportunity to take part in numerous sports and activities – from horse riding and rock climbing to swimming and keep fit in the gym.
In 2014 a grant of over £180,000 from Sport England’s Inclusive Fund enabled the charity to set up a trampolining scheme for people on the autism spectrum. Based at a gym in Birkenhead, the scheme has since enabled 70 adults each week the chance to have fun and keep fit by bouncing.
Bounceathon organiser Emma Crabb said, “Every day I provide people with autism the opportunity to develop their skills and I watch them achieve amazing things. They always persevere. When this challenge was mentioned, the first thought in my head was ‘challenge accepted’. The people I support will be my role model on the day.”
Fellow team member and senior support worker at Autism Together, Toni Denham, said, “I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in this bounceathon. I love trampolining and have seen how it benefits our service users physically, emotionally and mentally.”
The bounceathon is just one activity taking place in Wirral to mark World Autism Awareness Day. Fundraising manager Lindsay Tilston-Jones said, “There are so many ways community members can take part and help us raise money on this special day. There’s a sponsored walk in Birkenhead park, a 60s music night and a special screening of movie Beauty and the Beast at the Light cinema in New Brighton.” For further details and fundraising packs visit: www.autismtogether.co.uk.