Worthing Birdman contestants raise money for St John Ambulance

Jodie Norris and Cliff Baddock prepare for take off at Worthing Birdman
Jodie Norris and Cliff Baddock prepare for take off at Worthing Birdman

TWO volunteers who took to the sky at the Worthing Birdman contest have raised enough money to buy new life-saving equipment.

St John Ambulance first aiders Cliff Baddock, 56, from Ferring, and Jodie Norris, 29, from Worthing, took the 35-foot plunge in a cardboard ambulance to raise money for Sussex St John Ambulance Cycle Response Unit.

Before Cliff and Jodie even faced the jump, they had already managed to raise £1,800 for the cause, enough money to buy a cycle equipped with a first aid kit including medical gases and a defibrillator.

And the money is still pouring in, providing funds for the unit’s other expenses, such as uniforms.

The unit, set up in 2005, now has three cycles which are used at national and local events.

Cycle responders are more flexible and can reach casualties through dense crowds faster than a land ambulance.

It was the first time Cliff had faced the jump in the name of the voluntary organisation.

He said: “It wasn’t too bad actually! Bit bruised, but it’s all for a good cause and it was a laugh.”

Cliff, who works on the Cycle Response Unit, said: “Some of the bikes are too heavy for the female volunteers to manage so the money will go towards a lighter bike.”

Founder member of the Cycle Response Unit Mike Kerley said: “Cliff and Jodie did St John Ambulance proud and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated.

“It was a lot of fun on the day but the money raised will go towards our very serious mission which is ensuring no-one dies unnecessarily because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.”