Teddy bear freefall for Pidley Mountain Rescue a “success”

URGENT medical care was needed for just one of the participants at this year’s Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Competition.

A volunteer medic with the Air Training Corps and members of the 2nd Somersham Brownies sprang into action when the parachute failed to open for one sky-diving teddy at Saturday’s fundraising event.

Fortunately the casualty was guaranteed a soft landing - being only a cuddly toy.

Visitors from across Huntingdonshire turned up at Rookery Farm Fisheries in Pidley on Saturday to watch ten daredevil teddies be flung 1500 feet from an aircraft and attempt to land as close as possible to a pot of honey in a field.

It was the final jumper who secured a meal at The Barn restaurant in Pidley for sponsors the Powell family after landing just 106 feet away from the mark.

Around �2,500 was raised at the event for organisers the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team, which provides specialised equipment for disabled children and adults in Huntingdonshire.

A bouncy castle and Somersham band provided further entertainment on the day, and there were opportunities for visitors to have pictures taken with Gulliver, the straw bear.

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Charity chairman Trevor Peacock said: “It was very successful in terms of the amount we raised. It is an annual event and we are very well-supported.”