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Halloween horror for ride fan
A ROLLERCOASTER enthusiast will spend 10-and-a-half hours riding through water, fire and ice in a Halloween ordeal.
Leftwich man Mark Jump is planning a solid marathon session on Valhalla, a popular ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, on October 31 to raise funds and awareness for the Cheshire and Warrington Carers’ Centre.
The 41-year-old, who works at Christopher Neil Specialist Cars in Northwich, said: “It’s got special effects and big drops, uses real fire and there’s an ice room with zero degree temperatures.
“It’s like a log flume in the dark with a Viking theme and you get drenched – I’ll be wearing my waterproofs and wellies.
“It’s a Marmite ride for most people – they either love it or hate it.”
“Blackpool Pleasure Beach is interested in this because things like this are usually done on the rollercoasters and not on the dark rides, nothing like this has been done before.”
Mark is a self confessed Blackpool Pleasure Beach fan.
He visits the theme park between 25 and 30 times a year and says Valhalla, which was built in 2000 at a cost of £15million, is his favourite ride.
“I think it’s got a lot to do with my childhood,” he said, “We’ve got a lot of family in Blackpool and my mum and dad took me to the pleasure beach a lot.
“I’ve just been a lifelong fan of the place.”
Mark also has a strong family connection with the carers’ centre, which is based in London Road, as his mum Dorothy has been involved with the charity for 20 years and a trustee since 1994.
Jayne Carr, community fundraiser at the centre, said: “The biggest thing from the carers’ centre point of view is that this is someone who knows from experience the wealth of information, advice and support given to unpaid carers and they want to give something back – it’s a huge gift for us.
“The more publicity we get the more we can evolve and help more unpaid carers.
“People seem to have a perception that we’re a carers’ centre that provides carers but we provide help for carers.”
Mark said: “I’m looking forward to it and something beneficial is coming out of it.”
• Any individuals or businesses that wish to sponsor Mark or help with match funding can visit justgiving.com/MarkJumpValhalla, ring Jayne on 01606 352834 or email email@example.com.
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