An adrenaline packed birthday gift to myself soon became a charity driven challenge when i decided to raise funds for Edinburgh’s Itsgood2give
Booking the jump with Highland Fling i secured a charity discount and setting up the Virgin just giving site was easy. Getting donations in was easy but i didnt want to overload facebook/twitter too much that people found me annoying. I wish now id done a little more such as arranged a fund raising event.
I genuinely had no fears, i was as cool as a cucumber on the drive up to Pitlochry. I also purposely didnt google ‘bungee’ in the fear of horror stories. My biggest dilema was forwards or backwards, forwards or backwards. Safety was the name of the game, weighed twice, it written on our hands, hands checked, harnesses checked. All very reassuring.
Climbing up a ladder to the under section of the 40m River Garry bridge made it feel very real. A teeny tiny flutter in my tummy! A walk along to the first ‘cage’ we were then split according to weight, different ropes and colours for different sizes. Sitting patiently watching the others jump for their lives. The dance music calmed the nerves that soon appeared and created a party atmosphere.
Climbing down to the main platform i was seated, my ankles shackled, photo taken and another safety conscious explanation of the winch back up procedure. The guys are brilliant, full of fun, but safety is paramount. I would and i did trust them with my life!
Shuffling my feet to the edge. Bungee cord attached. Few last photos. 3-2-1 BUNGEE!!!
Yes i leapfrogged off the edge, i was meant to be graceful but once the tension took hold in the rope and the stars spun round in my head i knew i was safe.
The winch lowered down, i attached myself on and was wound back up as i took in the view. I’d love to go back and spend some real time in the area as the views were amazing. I might even book a backwards bungee!!!
A huge thank you to all who donated to such a fantastic cause, i’ll update the final total once all money has been collected.
*£1010 (with gift aid) as at 4th May*