Jump to it, Santa

What do you do on a Bank Holiday Monday on one of the hottest days of the year?

Richard Childs who dressed up as Santa started the fun off with a bungee jump.
Richard Childs dressed up as Santa and started the fun with a bungee jump.

What do you do on a Bank Holiday Monday on one of the hottest days of the year?

While many people headed to the coast or enjoyed a walk in the park, a Telford pub was the destination for some brave souls who took a leap for charity.

And it was Santa who took time out from his post-Christmas break to be the first to do a bungee jump and officially open a charity fun day.

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He was the star guest at the event held at The Mallard Pub in Brookside yesterday.

Father Christmas – in full regalia, complete with beard – turned up at the pub after being escorted in a convoy by The Lost Boys Motorcycle Club.

The family event was organised to help an eight-year-old Telford cancer sufferer.

Kyle Beddoes, who is from the Trench area, has the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and members of The Lost Boys of Telford Motorcycle Club joined forces with the pub to raise money for him.

Kyle has said he wants a new computer, so the fundraisers put their heads together and organised the fun day at the pub.

Dave Gajzler, landlord of The Mallard in Home Lake, said: “We are hoping to raise about £1,000 so we can not only buy Kyle a new computer, but also send him on a bit of a holiday.”

And the sunny weather brought out the crowds with the pub car park and grounds packed with people.

This year’s extravaganza was a contrast to those held in previous years when the activities had suffered from rainy conditions.

Organisers had been hoping the good weather would make the event an even better success.

Other activities held on the day including a car wash and the Lost Boys of Telford Motorcycle Club was running a cafe and offering motorbike rides to the public.

Kyle Beddoes (seated centre) is seen with members of the Lost Boys Motorcycle Club and the Wrekin Riders at the Mallard
Kyle Beddoes, seated centre, with members of the Lost Boys Motorcycle Club and the Wrekin Riders at the Mallard pub in Brookside, Telford, during the fun day. Pictures by Andy Cunningham.

 Getting ready for the off are Santa aka Richard Childs and back from left, licensee of the Mallard Dave Gajzler (CORR) and Del Jones from the Lost Boys.
Getting ready for the off are Santa, aka Richard Childs, and, back from left, licensee of the Mallard Dave Gajzler, and Del Jones from the Lost Boys.

back from left are Scott Jones, Dave Gajzler (CORR) licensee of the Mallard, Del Jones, Tony Robinson, Anthony Reeves and front, Kevin Prentice (CORR) and Richard Childs.
Back from left are Scott Jones, Dave Gajzler, licensee of the Mallard, Del Jones, Tony Robinson, Anthony Reeves and, front, Kevin Prentice and Richard Childs.

 The Santa convoy sets off en-route to the Mallard pub.
The Santa convoy sets off en-route to the Mallard pub.

Richard Childs takes the plunge
Richard Childs takes the plunge

Richard finds himself high up and without a flying sleigh
Richard finds himself high up and without a flying sleigh

Richard Childs after his bungee jump
Richard Childs after his bungee jump