STAGE IS SET FOR TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

Cuddly toys of all varieties will be parachuting from the top of St Mary's Parish Church on Saturday. 

The Church is holding its second Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge following the success of its 2014 event. 

 

Children and adults are invited to make a parachute for their chosen toy and bring it to the Church. The toys will be winched to the top of the tower in a basket, after which they will be "assisted into the air" by David Maybrey. Their owners will receive a certificate after the jump.

 

Organiser Sarah Hale advised that the most successful parachutes in 2014 were "like binbags", saying: "The best ones were a binbag with the handles tied under the teddies' arms. I went to great lengths to make a parachute for my teddy and it didn't work it all. It landed on the roof! 

 

"I would definitely say the larger the better. It has to be larger than the bear to give plenty of surface area to catch the wind."

 

Jane Chiverton will once more be on hand with her bear 'care and repair' service for any toys injured in the drop.

 

"You can't throw them off without a first aid post," said Fiona Maybrey, whose own teddy's jump was one of 70 in 2014. Jane's 70-year-old bear also took part.

 

Fiona added: "Most of the teddies were fine. Some had a slightly longer adventure and end up on the roof but they were all rescued."

 

The event, which raises money for the Church and Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, starts at 2.30pm and costs £1 per entry. Refreshments will be laid on in the Church.

 

If it is too windy on Saturday the jumps will not go ahead. However, refreshments will still be available.

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