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Daredevils took the plunge to raise cash for Belper’s Drop Inn Youth Centre at the weekend.

Around 600 people attended the Freefall Festival at the Derwent Street centre on Saturday - with many taking part in a bungee jump from a huge crane to help boost the total.

Also there to entertain the crowds were a host of music acts, along with America’s Got talent star Snap Boogie.

Organisers were still totalling up the profits as the Belper News went to press. However, they were ‘absolutely over the moon’ with the support people had shown the event.

Drop Inn founder Andrea Fox said: “It was fantastic. We never dreamed we could put on an event like that with such a small team.

“I spoke to one group of girls who said they could not afford a major festival this year so they had come to ours and had been gobsmacked by how good it was. That really made my day.

“It took everything I had to just watch the bungee jumpers - they were so brave. Among them was our very own Richard Grindon in a ‘mankini’. He asked me if he still had a job on Monday after jumping in it - I said ‘you’re promoted’!”

The centre’s Jam Jar Studio was also turned into the ‘world’s smallest rave’ for the day. Meanwhile, music acts One Bomb, Yeah Sherlock, Great Scott and others entertained the audience.

Andrea continued: “It started off with acoustic acts and was very calm and peaceful and then got gradually more boisterous as it went on.

“It was great because there were a lot of new faces who turned up and people who came in when the centre first opened who are now grown-up with families of their own.

“I’d like to say a big thankyou to Nelson Distribution for loaning the trailer which was turned into the stage for the day without that it wouldn’t have been the success it was. Also thank you to all the team and everybody that came and supported us.”




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