Councillor prepares for bungee jump

NILALM110914A1 - Cllr Frank Phillips and Ilkeston chamber of trade president David Thorpe
NILALM110914A1 - Cllr Frank Phillips and Ilkeston chamber of trade president David Thorpe
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SIXTY-FIVE is not the age that most people take up extreme sports but an Erewash Borough councillor has decided it’s time to take the plunge and has signed up for a bungee jump.

Cllr Frank Phillips, who describes himself as 65-years-young, will leap from the Kawarau bridge in New Zealand on December 22.

He said: “I’ve never done anything like it before so I’m looking forward to it in many ways but there will be some trepidation.

“I think I might have to have a stiff whisky before the actual jump.”

Cllr Phillips told the Advertiser that he has wanted to do the jump since his last holiday to New Zealand.

His wife Pam, also a borough councillor, did a zipwire freefall for a stroke charity the last time the pair were on holiday.

Cllr Phillips said: “The last time we were in Queenstown I visited the bridge and saw others bungee jumping and I wanted to do it there and then but you have to book in advance.

“As soon as we booked the trip I signed up for the jump.

“Pam has done a similar thing before and raised money for a stroke charity so she suggested I went for it and raised some money in the process.

“I decided I’d collect sponsorship for Erewash Community Transport to help them pay for much needed replacement equipment.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Cllr Phillips should visit www.erewashmatters.co.uk.