A fun filled morning was had by all last Saturday (24th June) at St Michael’s Church Brantham when the annual Teddy Bear Parachute Jump took place.

The breezy morning made for great conditions for the brave Bears and their Trainers who took part in the event which Thompson Smith and Puxon have sponsored from the beginning. Each Bear, wearing a parachute designed by their Trainer, was launched from the top of the Church tower. Their descent was timed and the Bear who managed to stay airborne the longest crowned the winner. Each Bear was allowed multiple jumps to try and beat their existing time with parachute alterations and repairs allowed between jumps.

The winning Bear was ‘Greg’ with the excellent flight time of 39.09 seconds, closely followed by ‘Peace Parachute’ in second place with 31.22s and ‘Amelia’ flying into third place with a time of 30.15s.

Pictured with the Winners and their Bears are Thompson Smith and Puxon Chief Operating Officer Sean Stuttaford (far right) and Rev Stephne van der Toorn (second from right).

The event raised a fantastic total of over £1,300 for Church funds. The money that has been raised by the Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge in recent years has been put towards the addition of disabled bathroom facilities and a new kitchen in the Church.