Paddy Carter, a brewer from Sharp’s, leapt off a 160ft crane (in the safety of a bungee harness) to participate in a Cornwall Air Ambulance fundraising bungee jump, held on Porth Beach, Newquay.
The employees at Sharp’s have taken this local charity to their hearts, with a few team members having their own personal rescue stories where they have had to rely on the services of the air ambulance.
As a major partner, Sharp’s has donated £10,000 to the appeal, which seeks to bring a next-generation air ambulance helicopter to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by April 2020.
Carter decided to increase this fundraising pot as a ‘thank you’ for assisting his sister following a serious road traffic accident last year, and set up a personal crowdfunding page for his bungee jump fundraiser. His brave endeavour has so far raised £1,500 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and this figure is still rising.
Celebrating with a can of Sharp’s Offshore, he said: “It’s a great charity to support and I wanted to say thanks on behalf of my family and take the leap to raise money for this vital cause. Thank you to all those who have donated money and essentially made me do it. It was actually an incredible experience!”
The Rock-based brewery has supported the lifesaving charity for more than six years, providing beer for fundraising events and taking on sponsored challenges.
James Nicholls, marketing controller at Sharp’s Brewery, said,: “We are extremely proud to be the first major appeal partner for the Cornwall Air Ambulance’s New Heli Appeal. Cornwall Air Ambulance is so vital to the Cornish resident community and visitors alike, and we are delighted to be part of the appeal to raise £2.5m to save even more lives.”