Blackpool Guinness World Record after bouncing 17km on a space hopper

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The mammoth journey is about 90,000 squats

 

David Kay's "moon hopper" attempt
David Kay’s “moon hopper” attempt

A Blackpool fundraiser has broken the Guinness World Record after bouncing over 17 kilometres down the Fylde coast in aid of Trinity Hospice.

David Kay, a fundraiser for Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services, took on the mammoth journey – which is the same as doing around 90,000 squats.

After becoming a fundraiser for the charity during lockdown, David decided initially to raise £10,000 through ‘wacky’ and different activities including, he says, “from dancing in his wellies to general motivation”.

He reached his initial goal of £10,000 by jumping out of a plane – but it was his “randomly mad idea” of space hopping down the Fylde coast that saw David grab himself a Guinness World Record.

The original world record of 15,000 travelled on a space hopper meant that David needed to bounce from Rossall Beach in Thornton-Cleveleys, through Blackpool to St Anne’s Pier near Lytham St Annes, to grab the record.

The journey was 17km in total, meaning he hopped around 10.3 miles.

Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care said it was a ‘phenomenal feat’ but ‘nobody realised how difficult this challenge was going to be’.

David Kay outside of the Blackpool Tower
David Kay outside of the Blackpool Tower

The plan initially saw David hoping to smash the record by hopping 22km (13 miles) to Lytham Windmill but with many of the space hoppers popping along the way, as well as how tiring the fundraiser was, David and the team stopped at St Anne’s Pier just after 1 am.

The route had to be mapped out as well as making sure David was consistently assisted by two witnesses and being recorded on video throughout the journey.

David even had somebody ahead of him sweeping the roads of debris to avoid popping his space hoppers.

David made his way through 12 space hoppers on the journey
David made his way through 12 space hoppers on the journey

The journey took 17 hours in total, beginning at 7.50 am and ending just after 1 am the next day.

A spokesperson for Trinity Hospice said: “He managed to do it but what a feat, he was absolutely exhausted. He bounced all the way.”

They also thanked the “amazing people” who stopped to donate money to the cause.

Trinity Hospice said David is “absolutely phenomenal” whilst he “comes up with these ideas you wouldn’t even dream about”

A spokesperson said: “We have a lot of amazing fundraisers, people climb mountains and jump out of planes, we have amazing coffee mornings.

“I said to him – ‘I’ve worked here for eight years, I’ve never come across anything like this’.”

David broke the Guinness World Record by hopping 16k down the Fylde coast
David broke the Guinness World Record by hopping 16k down the Fylde coast

On his recovery after the hop-a-thon, Trinity Hospice said David was exhausted but would be attempting a trip to the shops to “stay active”.

In the end, they believe he grabbed the world record with a “mind over matter” mindset.

They said: “The motivation he had, he would not stop, he just kept focusing ahead, it was dark and cold… he just kept bouncing.”

On his JustGiving page, David wrote: “The impact of Covid-19 on Trinity has been significant due to the affect on the ability to fundraise.

“So I am absolutely committed to doing something about that especially because they provide such a valuable service in providing end of life care to the population of the Fylde coast. At sometime or other they will touch most families and our loved ones.

“So out comes the space hopper and a Guinness World Record attempt to boot by space hopping 14 miles from Fleetwood to Lytham in under 24 hours……in one go!!!!!!”