A thrillseeker is set to spend the whole of Halloween on a hellish ride – all in aid of charity.
Dad-of-one Mark Jump will be on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla ride all day tomorrow to help raise funds for a Cheshire carers’ charity.
Mark, from Northwich, in Cheshire, estimates he visits the attraction up to 30 times a year and is undertaking the challenge after being inspired by mother Dorothy, who cares full-time for his disabled brother Christian.
Mark, 41, said: “We came up with the idea that I could ride it all day and raise some money, as well as some awareness for carers and the work they do because they’re forgotten really by society.
“They’re a forgotten cause because they put so much time and effort into caring for families and individuals.
“My mum’s done that all her life and her commitment is permanent. They’re a really good cause.” Mark will be raising funds for the Cheshire Carers Centre by spending his day on the ride which opened in 2000 at a cost of £15m – the most expensive ride the Pleasure Beach has built.
Mark is aiming to raise £1,500 for the charity.
He will be allowed a five minute break every hour as part of the challenge, which he can accumulate for longer breaks.
Mark added: “I go there around 20 to 30 times a year.
“It’s usually just me and my partner, but we bring the kids a few times a year.
“People think I’m mad because one circuit on the ride is usually enough never mind being on the ride for 10 and a half hours.
“I just hope to raise as much as possible.”
Anyone who would like to donate to Mark’s cause can do so by searching for “Mark Jump” on the www.justgiving.com website. Alternatively you can text the message VHMS72#, followed by the amount you would like to donate, to 70070.