Three brothers – one of whom is from Kempston – are undertaking a 160 feet bungee jump this weekend, to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
The Conway brothers, David (37) from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, Richard (34) from Melbourne, Derby and Martin (29) from Kempston, Bedford, will jump 160 feet from the historic Tees Transporter Bridge attraction.
The daredevil trio have been inspired by their Dad, Gerard Conway who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure, and it affects around 148,000 people in the UK, including 13,701 in East of England.
Richard Conway said, “With our Dad living with Parkinson’s, we want to do as much as we can to raise awareness of the condition and money for Parkinson’s UK, who are doing some pioneering research into finding a cure and improving the quality of life and support for those affected by Parkinson’s.
“The three of us are really excited to be taking part in the jump. I’m the only one of the three of us who has done a bungee jump before, so I know exactly what I am letting myself in for.
“David and Martin on the other hand have no idea so I can’t wait to see their reaction before and after the jump!”
Parkinson’s UK aims to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.
Ann Rowe, head of regional fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re delighted and grateful that David, Richard and Martin have chosen to support Parkinson’s UK by taking on this bungee jump.
“Our work supporting people with Parkinson’s, and research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition is completely dependent on donations.
“To put it simply, without the support of our amazing fundraisers, the work we do just wouldn’t be possible. We wish them the very best of luck for the challenge.”
To sponsor them, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teesidejumpfordad