Report by ANGELA SINGER Pictures: HELEN DRAKE THEY could hardly bear to watch – but some 600 people turned out to see the seventh annual World Teddybear Freefall Parachute Championships. The event, at Southview Farm, Pidley, raises money for the Pidley M

Taking part in the event

Report by ANGELA SINGER Pictures: HELEN DRAKE

THEY could hardly bear to watch - but some 600 people turned out to see the seventh annual World Teddybear Freefall Parachute Championships.

The event, at Southview Farm, Pidley, raises money for the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team, the ironically named charity, set in one of the flattest parts of Britain, which exists solely to raise money for disabled people.

Each month, the charity presents a piece of specialist equipment to a disabled adult or child and all the money raised goes to this cause. Each teddy who made the giant leap was named after one of the people that the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team had helped during the year.

On Saturday, the parachuting teddies - an event which happens only in Pidley - raised £2,477.

Ten teddies, each sponsored for a minimum donation of £200 by businesses made the jump from 500 feet.

The sponsor of the teddy who landed close to a marker on the ground won a prize of a weekend retreat for two at the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel.

On hand to help the injured teddies were Somersham Brownies who acted as stretcher bearers.